Siff 2023 | 20th EditionTricase | Bisceglie September 18 - 24 , 2023
SIFF WINNERS 2023
BEST FILM “JOSEPH’S JOURNEY” RegiDirected by Joud Said | Syria 2022 | 105 min.a di Joud Said | Siria 2022 | 105 min.
For the ability to make the journey towards the realization of one’s dreams of freedom, of self-determination, of love, of the future, far from the desires of the appetites of the most violent, everyone’s journey exactly as happens with miseries and putting the ficus on the value of love that can be born and grow in biological families but also and above all in elective ones because everyone’s failure is only that of not giving wings to the dreams of those who can still make them come true, in the name of justice and solidarity..
BEST DIRECTOR“ANDREA ZULIANI” | Girls Don’t Cry | Italy 2022 | 100′
For having been able to give substance to a modern story, but not only, by focusing, with participatory but objective delicacy and lucidity, on the theme of flow which is the search for oneself and one’s own happiness in life but inviting us to do so with conviction but without paving no one and giving us the confident concrete perspective that, at times, it is young people themselves who show us the way and for the empathetic relationship with nature with which the director punctuates the entire film which acts as a vibrational “symphony” in the background.
BEST ACTOR MICHAEL GOORJIAN
For the film AMERIKATSI | Armenia 2022 | 125′
For an extraordinary mimicry almost of silent cinema and a capacity for realization and transfiguration in which a film, already beautiful and full of suggestions in every direction, finds in its main interpreter a condensation of all the beauty of the story.
BEST ACTRESS “ROANI” for the film “A Form of Love” by Siavash Asadi | Iran 2022
For the talented and disarming ability of a very young interpreter of a multifaceted range of feelings, emotions and impulses, from seduction to joy, from amazement to anger, from disappointment to determination, from love to pain, from desire to distance which confirm us that talent is a divine gift and we all benefit from it in admiration as a means towards the awareness and humanity of which we are woven
BEST DOCUMENTARY “DEAD WEIGHT”
Directed by Francesco del Grosso | Italy 2022 | 90′
For the ability to give voice to all the protagonists of a touching and heartbreaking human story in which the strength of innocence and the certainty of the closest affections have allowed one to redeem himself from the stupidity, listlessness and irresponsibility of many, too many by convincing the few to support him in 30 of tireless search for the truth which too rarely in our country manages to make us experience the judicial level with the historical one and which gives hope in everyone’s ability to overcome even the most unacceptable injustices and the most egregious errors.
SPECIAL MENTION “Everything in Place Gioia Mia” by Chloé Lecci López | Doc 2022 | 55′
For the ability of a woman to give body to her own ghosts to make them a common heritage and share her personal search for that redemption of individual understanding and acceptance of the social weight that accompanies the paths of her parents by involving their children and making it a fresco of a precise place in an exact historical period but which also rises to archetypal value by offering a journey into the territory of feelings, places and relationships.
BEST WOMEN’S SHORT IN CINEMA
“MOUNTAIN DUST” Directed by Marlén Ríos-Farjat | Mexico 2022 | 19′
For the attention paid to the responsibilities of individual and typical choices with respect to the protection of the environment and health and the value of affections which offer, especially to women, the courageous strength to denounce those who betray the hopes and trust of the citizen and of the individual and the ‘ invitation to become active citizens for the common and personal good.
BEST ITALIAN SHORT SHORT “Joy”
Directed by Paolo Rollo | Italy 2022 | 15′
For the ability to underline the power of the vibrations that music stimulates and makes echo, bringing everyone back, even surpassing the sense of smell as a catalyst, to the best part of themselves and to that of their dreams which life often waters down and debases by making us conform to the our earthly time to the desires of others and to their idea of our fulfillment and happiness and often even when these others are those, like parents, by whom we should feel most loved and valued in our specific and unrepeatable talents and essence. For the invitation to remember to never deny ourselves the beauty for which we are responsible in our uniqueness and not to exchange the “gifts” received as a dowry from fate and in our DNA, in exchange for no lovability because love, if it’s, it’s self-sacrificing.
BEST IRANIAN SHORT SHORT “SHELL SHOCK | Directed by Amin Mahmoudiyekta
For the wonderful brushstroke of the love of a family that shows solidarity with members who on behalf of it and of an entire people have almost lost their reason, due to the widespread post-traumatic stress of those who experience the war first and foremost as a soldier and with spirit” rock” in values knows that anyone who fights for Freedom will never die in the hearts of their loved ones and in the awareness of those who divide us by the values for which they lost their reason and their life at the front.
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT SHORT
“THE MELTING CREATURES” by Diego Céspedes | France 2022 | 16′
For the poetic and pregnant ability to make the connections of the heart which alone with synchronized certainty heal the pain and intuit the desires in the story between a mother and her little daughter.
SPECIAL MENTION“BIG BANG”
Directed by Carlos Segundo| France 2023 | 15′
For the power of feeling of those who, even in minimal dimensions, have great strength and can explode with the same explosiveness of contempt suffered in every forgetfulness for those who consider themselves invisible and are exploited by those who request services but ignore respect for all humanity to remind us that anyone can change our lives for the worse or for the better and we can do the same and that the theory of fractals does not only belong to the world of physics but is a way of being in the world and looking at it.