Prizes and Jury
GOLD GENTIAN - GRAN PREMIO “CITTÀ DI TRENTO”
LA MONTAGNE MAGIQUE
by Anca Damian (France/Poland/Romania, 2015)
We have awarded the Grand Prize to an original, extravagant, sensitive and intimate work: La Montagne Magique. This protean film brings together an epic story and the intimacy of artistic creation. Adam Jacek Winckler’s life journey reminds us of History (with a capital H) and all the complexity of man, over and beyond the power of fate: moving forward, choosing, fighting, finding one’s place among men and in the midst of nature – omnipresent in this story – without abandoning one’s ideals, going back to start again, accepting the fragility of our choices and our lives. By combining documentary footage and fiction, using the techniques of decoupage, animation and collage, the film allows us to experience a unique journey through an almost mythological mountain landscape, enclosing all the mystique of the mountains.
GOLDEN GENTIAN - ITALIAN ALPINE CLUB PRIZE
K2 - TOUCHING THE SKY
by Eliza Kubarska (Poland/Germany/United Kingdom, 2015)
Challenging themselves towards the end of their lives would appear to make climbers into heroes… but they are not. Asking themselves what they are leaving behind for those who remain, for those who endure the fear of no return, solitude and the other kind of emptiness, is even more moving. Retracing the steps of fathers and mothers who died in an effort to conquer a useless goal leads the children remaining alone to explore the dizziness of memories and loss. The film is an elegant and sensitive testament to resilience.
GOLDEN GENTIAN - CITY OF BOLZANO PRIZE
THE GREAT ALONE
by Greg Kohs (United States, 2015)
A few images and names, such as Seppala, Togo and Balto, bring to mind the stories associated with figures such as Jack London. The Great Alone reawakens our childish spirit, with the procession of heroes leaving for the North, crossing bewitching landscapes marked by extreme temperatures. Thus we discover a man with the temperament of the gold diggers, an obstinate man who succeeds in making us believe in the dream of the final frontier. Lace Makey was perhaps born too late, but he has found his place in the immensity of Alaska, far from other men, surrounded by the profound tenderness of his sled dogs.
by Zhao Liang (France/China, 2015)
For the extraordinary visual technique adopted to construct a lyrical reflection on the violent exploitation of the geographical area by man. For having succeeded in producing a socio-political critique using an elegant and at the same time weighty cinematographic language, in which light, darkness and “industrial” sounds transport us to a Dantesque inferno, stamped on the dirty faces of those who pay the price of an empty and senseless development utopia.
by Aslak Danbolt (Norway, 2014)
Last Base is a great short narrative adventure film, that is a memorable and entertaining, building the tension to a thunderous crescendo as we wait for a base jumpers last jump in tribute to their dead friend. Good acting and cinematography made this unique film a full experience. You can’t take your eyes off the screen until the climatic final scene!
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER
by Jin Moyoung (South Korea, 2014)
When you come across unique films, you have the feeling of having really met someone; in this case we encounter not only two wonderful people, but also the great love that in our heart of hearts we all desire.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
ON THE RIM OF THE SKY
by Hongjie Xu (Germany/China, 2014)
The film succeeds in recounting the moving story of the transformation of an isolated village school in the mountains of China. With an intimate analysis, it brings us closer to the life of the children and their teachers, while at the same time it bears witness to the irreversible changes taking place to their lifestyle thanks to the power of education, demonstrating that frontiers are not only of a geographical nature.
AUDIENCE PRIZE “ACQUA LEVICO” BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER by Jin Mo-Young (South Corea, 2014)
AUDIENCE PRIZE “BEST MOUNTAINEERING FILM”
SHERPA by Jennifer Peedom (Australis/Nepal, 2015)
CINEMAMORE AWARD – For the best work in the Orizzonti Vicini section, dedicated to films produced or filmed in Trentino Alto Adige, to authors, production houses and film schools in the region and to stories and accounts of the local area
by Manu Gerosa (Belgium/Italy/Qatar, 2015)
A surprising family tableau featuring two figures quite out of the ordinary, narrated with sensitivity and intelligence. The filmmaker has exploited the medium and language of film in a powerful manner, with shots that dig deep into the soul and expose it to the spectator, who cannot remain indifferent. The film unfolds following the pace of the feelings and emotions, not disdaining a note of humour and a touch of suspense. It starts from an intimate story, courageously revealed and brought into the limelight, touching on universal feelings.
“CITY OF IMOLA” PRIZE – To the best film, documentary or fiction programme by an Italian author and produced in Italy
SOLO DI CORDATA
by Davide Riva (Italy, 2015)
With a masterly mixture of breathtaking images, unpublished writings made available by his wife Goretta, interviews with his most trusted friends and super 8 film shot by Casarotto himself, the director offers us the chance to reconstruct a higher and noble vision of mountaineering in an exhaustive and convincing manner, considering it not as an end but as a means for understanding the most profound part of the human soul. What emerges from the documentary is not just the figure of a great climber, who is part of history thanks to his demanding solo winter ascents of Monte Bianco and in the Dolomites, and the new routes opened in Patagonia, Peru and Karakorum, but rather the intriguing and complex personality of a man who considers climbing as a fascinating and privileged way of exploring his inner self and arriving at answers to the great questions of life.
“MARIO BELLO” AWARD – For a mountaineering film made by alpinists who reveal their feats through cinema also on a tight production budget. The prize mainly want to acknowledge the initiatives of people making their first mountain film, showing new ideas and language in communication through images
by Jon Herranz (Spain, 2015)
The work stands out due to its rare ability to involve the spectators in the narration, accompanying them along the oppressive cliffs of the Cima Ovest di Lavaredo, the scene of the extraordinary adventure of Francisco and Edu Marin. Credit is due to the director particularly for having translated into images not only the inevitable climbing skill, but above all the emotions and day-to-day actions of this singular roped party, made up of a father and son. It is the images that illustrate the feelings of affection and trepidation shared by the two men, accompanying them to the summit and making an embrace more eloquent than a thousand words.
MUSEO USI E COSTUMI DELLA GENTE TRENTINA AWARD – For the film best documenting the traditions and customs of mountain people with ethno-anthropological accuracy
by Julia Tal (Switzerland/Germany, 2015)
With cinematographic sensitivity and attentive ethnographic involvement, the film tells the story of a young couple who take over a mountain dairy for a summer and are forced to cope with the heavy burden of the exhausting daily activities required on their own. Falling perfectly within the particularly topical context of “new alpine farmers”, the film illustrates the almost heroic endeavour of the two leading characters, also in an educational way, showing us how the age-old mountain dairy system is still intact today, with all its formidable ecological coherence, like a suit to be worn or a machine to be started up, waiting for courageous people to take on the challenge.
RAI AWARD – For the best current affairs documentary
by Waggoner Nick (Canada/United States, 2015)
The film is a Canadian and American production lasting 100 minutes, during which the spectator is transported to the heart of British Columbia, one of the few still unspoiled places on the planet. In Jumbo Valley, immersed in the Purcell mountains, grizzly bears live in the wild, symbols of power, vigour and self-sufficiency. For the American Indians these animals were sacred and their spirits assisted warriors and hunters. The mountains, the wide open spaces and the climatic conditions have given rise to interest among a group of construction companies that twenty-four years ago presented the Canadian government with a massive project to create the only North American lift system open all year round. Some of the population saw the economical advantages of the proposal, but most also realised the powerful environmental impact, capable of compromising the unspoiled nature of the landscapes and the “magic” of the area. For a quarter of a century the two factions have opposed one another, with alternating administrative and political consent and rejections. The story makes use of original and highly professional images able to transmit the unique beauty of the places to spectators. The story is still open and the valley, for the moment is still, unspoiled!
CASSA RURALE DI TRENTO SOLIDARITY AWARD – For the film that best interprets situations of poverty, injustice, social marginalization and isolation redeemed by solidarity and mutual help, as occurred at the beginning of the cooperative movement in the valleys and mountains of Trentino
by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset (France, 2015)
The Langtang area, one of the favourite trekking destinations in the Himalayas and a “second home” for many climbers, was destroyed by the earthquake of 25 April 2015. It is also a place close to the heart of Killian Jornet, a skyrunning champion, and the climber Jordi Tosas, who in those very days were preparing to go on an expedition to Mount Everest with their team. However, the catastrophe obliges them to change their plans and objectives, and their journey turns into a mission to bear witness and provide aid: everyone is on the same level, those who lost their homes, their loved ones and their points of reference; those who chose the destination for the purposes of tourism and those who were there to follow their passions. The pain is the same for those who live in and love the mountains, for those who have lost everything and cannot allow themselves to despair, because they must find the force to start living again. Through compelling assembly and moving images, but without empty rhetoric, Sebastien Montaz-Rosset recounts rather than documents, taking us “inside” a universal human experience, made up of simple gestures, handshakes, smiles and solidarity, silent understanding of other people and the sharing of new hopes.
UNIVERSITY OF TRENTO, BOLZANO AND INNSBRUCK STUDENT’S AWARD – To a work of particular cultural value made by a director under the age of 33
by Matthias Kossmehl (Germany, 2015)
The main reasons are that the topic of the film is very actual and that it gives a human and intimate insight in the daily lives of asylum seekers.
LUIGI VITTORIO BERTARELLI DEL TOURING CLUB ITALIANO AWARD – Best film dedicated to mountain and sustainability
ARTE SELLA, LA CITTA’ DELLE IDEE
by Katia Bernardi e Luca Bergamaschi (Italy, 2016)
Paraphrasing Marco Paolini, “a good silence is never excessive”, the singularity of this film recounting the original Arte Sella experiment in the Valsugana lies above all in the images. It is indeed the images that make this film worthy of the award, rather than the comments and declarations of the resident artists involved, their inspiration, their needs and the practical problems arising during the creation of the works of land art. It is the images that recount in an original and attractive manner the unusual experiment, which involves sharing the work of art between man and nature, highlighting the relationship, a genuine dialogue, between human creativity and the artistic role assumed forcefully by nature. This take place with the complicity of the artists, transforming, enveloping and ultimately incorporating nature, transforming it in a complex and surprising way into a series of spectacular and contemporary tourist itineraries that respect the places, spaces and pace of the mountains.
UIAA PRIZE – Best film on Climbing (ice or rock or sport)
by Alastair Charles Lee (UK, 2015)
We really like the message of this movie which perfectly matches our UIAA value: To Bolt or not to be. The scenery is beautiful, it is very well produced and the adventurous images catch the attention of the viewer right away. A really exciting and impressive documentation.