Over 70 entries – spanning from fiction, documentaries and animation – from the Mauritania, Belgium, France, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Germany and a substantial Italian representative, were selected to compete in the fourth edition of the Ermanno Olmi Award, an event aiming to promote short films by young directors.
Flores del precipicio by Andrea Gatopoulos (Spain, Italy, Brazil, 2022), Garfield Coquillage by Paul Marques Duarte (France, 2022), Sonnenstube by Davide Palella (Italy, 2022) e La Vera Storia della Partita di Nascondino Più Grande del Mondo by Paolo Bonfadini, Irene Cotroneo, Davide Morando (Italy, 2021) are the four finalists among whom, on December 6th, the Jury composed by Filippo Ticozzi (director), Diana Cardani (head of the Animated Film and Kino Club Bergamo Film Meeting sections), Donatella Palermo (film producer), Andrea Zambelli (director, screenwriter and photography director) and Erika Ponti (film producer) will assign the Ermanno Olmi Award and the Special Mention to the most significant film reflecting on the theme of the “religion of small things”.
THE FOUR FINALISTS
Flores del precipicio
by Andrea Gatopoulos (Spain, Italy, Brazil, 2022)
Lucia is back in the island where all the houses are white. Fifteen years have passed since the day she was taken away. Her father is waiting for her.
by Paul Marques Duarte (France, 2022)
When the sea goes out, Killian wanders on the huge deserted beach with his friend Maxime. Between the seaweed and the debris, the two boys are looking for this strange orange shell that has been washing up on the coast for decades: the Garfield telephone.
by Davide Palella (Italy, 2022)
Sergio Cortesi dedicated his life to solar observation. At the “Specola solare” in Locarno, between 1957 and 2021, he made over 15.000 sunspots drawings, driven by the faith of a monk to whom his own god never gave an answer.
La Vera Storia della Partita di Nascondino Più Grande del Mondo
by Paolo Bonfadini, Irene Cotroneo, Davide Morando (Italy, 2021)
Every year, Serravalle Langue is the traditional setting for the World’s Biggest Hide-And-Seek Game. All its inhabitants hide to honor the memory of the partisans who were forced to disappear to save themselves and the Country, during the Resistance.