Torino GLBT Film Festival Awards 2008

by Andre Soares

2008 Torino GLBT Film Festival Awards

2008 Torino GLBT Film Festival: April 17-25, 2008

 

Santiago Otheguy - Torino GLBT Film Festival 2008
Santiago Otheguy (above, right) directed and wrote (from a story he'd co-written with Juan Solanas) the Argentinian drama. La León, winner of the jury's best film award at the 2008 Torino GLBT Film Festival. Set in northern Argentina's Paraná Delta, La León depicts the conflict that develops between a lonely gay river worker (Jorge Román) and the captain of a passenger-boat (Daniel Valenzuela), in what sounds like a revamped take on Billy Budd. In Variety, Jay Weissberg wrote, “Beautifully textured b&w widescreen lensing conveys everything La León wants to say about isolation and longing, visualizing the distances between people as surely as if helmer/scripter Santiago Otheguy had opted for garrulous characters.” Photo: Courtesy Torino GLBT Film Festival.

 

La Leon by Santiago Otheguy

BEST FEATURE FILM
La León directed by Santiago Otheguy (Argentine/France, 2007)

Nothing Else Matters by Julia von Heinz

Les Chansons d'amour by Christophe Honore

SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Was am Ende zählt (Nothing Else Matters) (top photo) directed by Julia von Heinz (Germany, 2007) and Les Chansons d'amour (bottom photo) directed by Christophe Honoré (France, 2007)

 

Something Like That by Esmir Filho

BEST SHORT FILM
Alguma Coisa Assim (Something Like That) directed by Esmir Filho (Brazil, 2007)

Special Mention
En liten Tiger directed by Anna-Carin Andersson (Sweden, 2006)

 

A Jihad for Love by Parvez Sharma

BEST DOCUMENTARY
A Jihad for Love directed by Parvez Sharma (USA/Germany/UK/France/Australia, 2007)

Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story by Julian Shaw

The Quest for the Missing Piece by Oded Lotan

Special Mention:
Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story directed by Julian Shaw (Australia, 2007) and Behikvot Ahatiha Ahasera (The Quest for the Missing Piece) by Oded Lotan (Israel, 2007)

 

“NUOVI SGUARDI” AWARD
Panorama directed by Loo Hui Phang (France, 2007) and Solos directed by Kan Lume and Loo Zihan (Singapore, 2007)

Special Mention
Love and Words directed by Sylvie Ballyot (France, 2007)

 

AUDIENCE AWARDS:

Were the World Mine by Tom Gustafson

BEST FEATURE FILM
Were the World Mine directed by Tom Gustafson (USA, 2008)

Cafe com Leite by Daniel Ribeiro

BEST SHORT FILM
Café com Leite by Daniel Ribeiro (Brazil, 2007)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story directed by Julian Shaw (Australia, 2007)

 

Narrative Jury: Pier Maria Bocchi, filmcritic/journalist (Italy), Melania G. Mazzucco, writer (Italy), Joao Pedro Rodrigues, director (Portugal), Andrea Sperling, producer (USA)

Documentary Jury: Jamie Babbit, director (USA), Lillian Faderman, writer/historian (USA), Joao Ferreira, director of Queer Lisboa - Lisbon Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Portugal)

Short Film Jury: John Lovett, artist (USA), Jamie Travis, director (Canada), Yang Yang, director of Bejing Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (China)

Nuovi Sguardi Award Jury: Ricke Merighi, Davide Oberto, Cosimo Santoro

 

Torino GLBT Film Festival Site

Torino GLBT Film Festival Awards: 2008

 

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Hmmm , No lesbian movies immediately jump out at me. And can I say not actually jumps out as being a must watch

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