2017 Edition

Awards

The International Jury of the 65. Trento Film Festival awarded the following Prizes:

  • Gold Gentian for Best Film – “Città di Trento” Grand Prize

    Gold Gentian for Best Film – “Città di Trento” Grand Prize

    Samuel in the Clouds

    Pieter Van Eecke

    Belgium / 2016 / 70' / Italian premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    A unique and at the same time universal character, depicted with strong aesthetic coherence and deep human respect, through a pure and honest documentary style, which triggers a reflection on an urgent problem in today’s world.

  • Gold Gentian for Best Mountaineering Film - Italian Alpine Club Award

    Gold Gentian for Best Mountaineering Film - Italian Alpine Club Award

    Dhaulagiri, ascenso a la montaña blanca

    Cristian Harbaruk, Guillermo Glass

    Argentina / 2016 / 73' / International premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    Among the few competing films in this category, the Jury has decided to reward the humility, the sobriety and the ethical correctness with which the directors and the protagonists have reconstructed their dramatic alpine-style expedition.

  • Gold Gentian for Best Exploration or Adventure Film – “Città di Bolzano” Award

    Gold Gentian for Best Exploration or Adventure Film – “Città di Bolzano” Award

    Diving into the Unknown

    Juan Reina

    Finland / 2016 / 82' / Italian premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    When a sport adventure turns into tragedy you ask yourself what is the meaning of a common passion, and why do people put their life at risk for friendship and mutual respect. A film which explores the depths of the Nordic spirit, a lesson on the commitment culture. An incredible heart-wrenching and engaging story.

  • Silver Gentian – Best Artistic-Technical Contribution

    Silver Gentian – Best Artistic-Technical Contribution

    Life in four elements

    Natalie Halla

    Finland, Austria, Spain / 2017 / 73' / International premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    An excellence, as much technically as artistically speaking. A wonderful visually fascinating fusion between epic narrative and intimate encounters.

  • Silver Gentian – Best Short Film

    Silver Gentian – Best Short Film

    The Botanist

    Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis, Maude Plante-Husaruk

    Canada, Tajikistan / 2016 / 20' / European premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    The intense portrait of a man whose story is not just his own, but also those of a whole country. The powerful portrait of a remote village which becomes for 30 minutes the centre of our world. A world in which we would like to stay longer, together with the protagonist, without forgetting that “it’s not from a man’s forehead that you can judge his thoughts.”

  • Jury Prize

    Jury Prize

    Gulîstan, land of roses

    Zaynê Akyol

    Canada, Germany / 2016 / 87'

    Motivation of the Jury

    The last scene will long be remembered. A marvelously intimate and moving example of documentary filmmaking.

  • Special Mention

    Special Mention

    Becoming Who I Was

    Chang-yong Moon, Jin Jeon

    South Korea / 2016 / 96' / Italian premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    These are times in which it is more than ever necessary to respect each other’s religious beliefs. This film teaches us that we should all follow what we believe in, no matter how difficult it is to reach our goals.

  • Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary - Acqua Levico

    Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary - Acqua Levico

    Becoming Who I Was

    Chang-yong Moon, Jin Jeon

    South Korea / 2016 / 96' / Italian premiere

  • Audience Award for Best Mountaineering Film - Zeppelin l'Altro Viaggiare

    Audience Award for Best Mountaineering Film - Zeppelin l'Altro Viaggiare

    Dhaulagiri, ascenso a la montaña blanca

    Cristian Harbaruk, Guillermo Glass

    Argentina / 2016 / 73' / International premiere

INDIPENDENT AWARDS

  • CinemAMoRe AWARD

    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.
    Established by the three film competitions of international standing (International Archaeological Film Festival of Rovereto, Trento Film Festival and Religion Today Film Festival).

    Vergot

    Cecilia Bozza Wolf

    Italy / 2016 / 60'

    Motivation of the Jury

    The film stands out clearly from the crowd in terms of its cinematographic quality. The director succeeds in skilfully combining and superimposing fictional and documentary aspects, both at aesthetic and narrative level. The subject dealt with and the perspective chosen are also interesting and original, incorporating the gender factor (in this case homosexuality) within a mountain environment with a strong masculine identity, without fearing to show the many diverse facets. The film also avoids conventional and already depicted themes linked to the conflict between two worlds (coming out and rejection by the community of origin) and instead recounts a lesser known perspective, namely the daily dynamics following acceptance and the interpersonal relations and affection between males in the same family.

  • “City of Imola” Award

    “City of Imola” Award

    To the best film, documentary or fiction programme by an Italian author and produced in Italy.
    Established by CAI Section of Imola, The City of Imola, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Imola.

    Oltre il confine, la storia di Ettore Castiglioni

    Andrea Azzetti, Federico Massa

    Italy, Switzerland / 2017 / 66' / World premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    Films about the mountains often present a world whose almost metaphysical majesty towers over the man or climber, making him aware of his limitations and finiteness. This does not take place in the film directed by Andrea Azzetti and Federico Massa. The story of Ettore Castiglioni, a figure with remarkable personal qualities and strong ethical and civic commitment, is told to us slowly, without dramatic surprises and special effects. The film combines particularly effective fictional sequences featuring Stefano Scandaletti, readings from Ettore Castiglioni’s diaries and precious testimony, that of his uncle Alessandro Tutino standing out in particular due to its intensity, with a well-balanced language and convincing period images.

  • “Mario Bello” Award

    “Mario Bello” Award

    To the film that best reflects the values and ideals of the Italian Alpine Club.
    Established by the Film Centre and Film Library of the Italian Alpine Club.

    The White Maze

    Matthias Mayr

    Austria / 2016 / 52' / Italian premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    It is a film that is striking first at visual and then at emotional level. It recounts the beauty of a wild savage land, the footage illustrating the life and customs of the local populations, together with mountains and valleys still almost untouched by man. The Film Commission of CAI decided to award the prize to “The White Maze” because it respects all the underlying values of our association: group activity, adventure, exploration, and respect for the environment, local populations and their traditions. It is noteworthy due both to the destination and above all to the journey the young men make to get there. The narration, photography, editing and meticulous graphics draw the spectator in. It conveys the spirit of exploration in almost unknown lands, far from the classic climbing and ski mountaineering itineraries. In the first part, the journey narrated by the director Mayr offers viewers an absorbing account of life in Siberia, showing how local people do not wish to climb and still less to ski in the mountains, indeed fearing them, but despite this they assist the two Austrian ski mountaineers by providing information and logistical support. Furthermore, the director shows the long preparation involved, the fears and questions the two mountaineers ask themselves before leaving and also on site when they reach their objective. The second and latter part of the film, which shows them achieving a dream that has lasted over a year, is the most evocative and fascinating for the spectator, with both aerial filming of the mountains and images from cameras worn by the protagonists, allowing the viewer to experience almost personally the ascent and the exciting descent on skis from Monte Pobeda, the highest peak in eastern Siberia, and other peaks taken on by the young men. The added value of this work is the ability to tell a story using photography of the highest quality, tight editing and engaging graphics giving the public the expedition coordinates.

  • Museo Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina Award

    Museo Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina Award

    For the film best documenting the traditions and customs of mountain people with ethno-anthropological accuracy.
    Set by the Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina.

    The Botanist

    Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis, Maude Plante-Husaruk

    Canada, Tajikistan / 2016 / 20' / European premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    A solitary castaway of the great naturalistic and agricultural culture propagated by Soviet society in the most remote corners of its declining empire, the Tajik Mr Raïmberdi, “The Botanist” does his best to keep its spirit and daily practice alive in a remote pastoral settlement on the semi-deserted tablelands of Pamir, where he has returned with his family. A teacher, inventor, mechanic and handyman, herbalist, calligrapher, thinker and spiritual figure, in the shadow of the great mountains of central Asia, Raïmberdi would seem to personify the spirit of the "homo faber" associated with Leonardo da Vinci. Thus in the film this distant post-Soviet Robinson Crusoe allows us to rediscover something similar, in the deepest sense, to the experience of our founder Šebesta, the unforgotten alpine demiurge, in the most remote valleys of Trentino; a precious synthesis of applied mechanical science, private awareness of the cosmos and rigorous humanist militancy.

  • RAI Award

    RAI Award

    For the best documentary on current affairs.
    Established by RAI headquarters in Trento.

    Samuel in the Clouds

    Pieter Van Eecke

    Belgium / 2016 / 70' / Italian premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    Samuel in the Clouds immortalises a moment in the present day climate. The melting of the 18-thousand-year-old glacier on Mount Chacaltaya in Bolivia, 5,300 metres a.s.l. and 30 kilometres from La Paz, has also watered down the tourist economy. Samuel stays on as the custodian of a ski-lift system that has become a pile of rusty iron. He tells the few tourists who still come to the top of the mountain to admire the panorama about the glorious past and his hopes for its return. With an ironic touch, the director transforms him into a character from Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot on the one hand or the main character Drogo in Buzzati’s The Tartar Steppe on the other: his expectations and dreams will remain in the clouds and if something happens it will be in the next sequence, which perhaps exists but cannot be seen, and in any case Samuel is not entitled to know…

  • Cassa Rurale di Trento Solidarity Award

    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.
    Set by the Cassa Rurale di Trento.

    Jardines de Plomo

    Alessandro Pugno

    Peru, Italy, Spain / 2016 / 73' / Italian premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    Silvia is a teacher who helps a group of pupils from Huayhuay, a small mining community situated in the Peruvian Andes, to appreciate the joy of study and knowledge. With patience and shrewdness she encourages them never to give up in the face of difficulty and teaches them that studying is the way to understand the complexity of life. Through her strong educational commitment to her young pupils she succeeds in making the whole community aware that the waters of the spring near the mine are polluted by chemical contaminants and lead. This revelation is in conflict with the interests of the mine, on whose activities the whole economy of the village is based. The need for an uncontaminated environment thus clashes with the economic needs of the families of the children themselves. However, this contradiction does not prevent a process of environmental awareness from being activated within the village. With effective editing, evocative and alienating imagery and accomplished direction of talented amateur actors, the director Alessandro Pugno also succeeds brilliantly in recounting the personal and family dynamics of the leading characters, describing the story of the young Edeluz and his father Ivan, the fertile dialectics of their relationship and their strong solidarity, reflecting the social sentiments of their community and representing a more universal feeling of hope and understanding.

  • University of Trento, Bolzano and Innsbruck Students Award

    University of Trento, Bolzano and Innsbruck Students Award

    To a work of particular cultural value made by a director under the age of 33.
    Set up by the University of Trento, Bolzano and Innsbruck.

    Sopra il fiume

    Vanina Lappa

    Italy / 2016 / 74'

    Motivation of the Jury

    The director has succeeded in taking the viewer on a journey through the daily life of a village, using the two leading characters as a vehicle. The truthfulness of the content screened has been balanced with a juxtaposition of documentary and constructed elements supporting an intense narration, thus emphasizing a dualism that brings the distant worlds of the two protagonists closer in a harmonious way: the resignation of remaining tied to a known place and the dream of flight, silence and the desperate search for diversion and entertainment, the contrast between youth and old age. The desire to remain is embodied in the traditions and ideals of the village, as well as in a representation of the village itself in a feudal manner. On the other hand, the film explores the leading characters’ fears of missing out on the chance for liberation and the desire to find a better and more stimulating life outside the reassuring world of the village.

  • Luigi Vittorio Bertarelli Award of the Touring Club Italiano

    Luigi Vittorio Bertarelli Award of the Touring Club Italiano

    To the film that best promotes sustainable tourism, as the Touring Club has always done. Only in this way can responsible use of the mountains be promoted, making the most of their beauty and values.
    Set by the Italian Touring Club.

    Samuel in the Clouds

    Pieter Van Eecke

    Belgium / 2016 / 70' / Italian premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    The poetic story of Samuel, whose life involves him going backwards and forwards on foot between his family in the suburbs of La Paz in Bolivia and the Chacaltaya mountain, where he manages a solitary mountain hut on the summit. The hut represents the point of arrival of a rudimentary ski lift, once used by skiers attracted all year round by the perennial snow of the glacier and now only adopted by a few visitors, due to the gradual disappearance of the snow. The story of the gentle Samuel, permanently poised between worrying about the end of a world he knew as a child in the company of his father, and the hope for a future once again characterised by snow, uncertain whether to trust in the opinion of climatologists and the possibilities offered by science or a fatalistic faith in the efficacy of superstitious ancestral rites and sacrifices to the God of the sacred mountain, is a fascinating and universal metaphor for our time. In these times we must get used to coexisting with radical and perhaps irreversible climate change, but without abandoning the attempt to make a contribution to improving the situation, even if only with our testimony. The story is recounted with efficacy and technical skill, offering spectacular images, but it is striking above all thanks to the ability to capture the restrained emotions and silence of the weather-beaten face of the poetic protagonist, more effective than a thousand words or forcefully asserted declarations.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites Award

    UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites Award

    The award is dedicated to the best documentary about the communities’ awareness of the exceptional universal values recognized by the UNESCO and their effort to preserve actively their territory.
    Established by “Fondazione Dolomiti UNESCO” and “SAT Società Alpinisti Tridentini”.

    Koneline: Our Land Beautiful

    Nettie Wild

    Canada / 2015 / 96' / European premiere

    Motivation of the Jury

    A film that deals with the complexity of active conservation of the natural and cultural heritage in the territory of north-western British Columbia, this too given UNESCO recognition, shunning stylistic stereotypes. It surprises and enchants the spectator with extraordinary photography that highlights the beauty of an environment subject at the same time to the violence of industrial civilisation and the sometimes unaware violence of the Tahltan community. There is no rigid division between good guys and bad guys, but rather a description of the ability to take action to ensure responsible management, with images of great poetry.

  • UIAA Award

    UIAA Award

    To the Best film on Climbing (ice or rock or sport).
    Set up by the UIAA, International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation.

    Annapurna III – Unclimbed

    Jochen Schmoll

    Nepal, Austria / 2016 / 13' / Italian premiere