It is by “Le paradis”. Zeno Graton (Belgium/France, 2023) won the 38th Lovers Film Festival. Awarded by the Jury of the All The Lovers Competition for “a powerful story told with great passion”. The work, which will win €1000, is set in a juvenile correctional institution where Joe prepares to return to society until William moves into his next cell, at which point Joe’s desire for freedom soon leads to another kind of desire. The work also won the Torino Pride Award (800 euros), awarded for the fourth year in a row to the film most effective in conveying meaning between different generations.
So, along with the prizes, the directed festival ends on April 23rd Vladimir Luxuria will be at the helm of the event for two more editions. “I am very happy with this edition – the director’s opinion – thanks to the dedication of the National Cinema Museum and everyone who contributes to the birth of this festival of cinema, rights and culture every year.”
In documentaries, For the True Lovers competition, Dove Bills’ “Labour” (Sweden, 2023) won., “skillfully used to create or reconstruct the characters’ complex and changing identities over the years, for the imagery of the images”. It’s a film diary, made up of interviews and extrapolations, that Hanna uses to track her identity studies (she gets 500 euros). For the competition dedicated to short films, Future Lovers won “Non-Piano Franchise” by Andrea Romano (France, 2022).It will win 500 euros.
A special reference was then assigned “Nude Blonde” by Gabriel Demers (Canada, 2022). From the idea of the writer Willy Vaira and Claudio Carossa, the Giò Stajano Prize has been confirmed, dedicated (500 euros) to the memory of one of the most important and significant figures of Lgbtqi + culture in Italy, this year “Soft” by Joseph Amenta (Canada, 2022).
Also reserved The Young Lovers Award will go to Israeli artist Yitzhak Levi Cohen’s work “An Empty Space.”Commissioned by Librere Gabi and Turin’s Nesta Eco-Museum. Vince “Aret avec des mensongues” by Olivier Pion (France, 2022) Made for a film set in a country where homosexuality is life-threatening The Reflections in the Dark prize (€500) went to “It’s a Grey, Gray World” by Seyed Mohsen (Iran, 2022).
“I am happy that this award, produced under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – was given to a film made in one of the most difficult countries – Iran. For a cartoon that conveys a message of hope for a gray world to become colorful. The current direction of government control over people persecuted in their country of origin because of sexual orientation or gender identity (Italy, Ed) I believe can change. .”
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