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The Official Jury for the Giornate degli Autori, chaired by Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf, has bestowed the GdA Director's Award on the following film in the Official Selection: Candelaria by Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza. 

The jury was composed of young European cinephiles participating in the 28 Times Cinema program and released the following statement about the winning film:"This is one of those rare films which deliver kindness and warmth to the audience by showing an unconventional way of rediscovering love by an elderly couple struggling to survive in Cuba. In its visual aesthetics the film unites stunning actors' performance, a meaningful cinematography, warm Latino colour palette, unpredictable story development and a smart social message."

The GdA Director's Award carries a cash prize of €20,000 euros, to be split equally between the director and Beta Cinema, the international distributor, which agrees to use the amount received to promote the international circulation of the film.

Other awards include:

THE BNL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Promoted by BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas
Ga'agua - Longing di Savi Gabizon

LABEL EUROPA CINEMAS
M by Sara Forestier
The jury released the following statement about the winning film: "We have chosen to give the award to M for its poetic and sincere portrayal of differences, beautifully directed and with fine performances from the entire cast. M is a charming representation of the relationship between two people scarred by life. It's a film with the potential to reach out and touch young audiences."

FEDEORA PRIZES
Best film - Eye On Juliet by Kim Nguyen
Best debut filmmaker - Sara Forestier for the film M
Best actor - Redouanne Harjane for the film M

NUOVO IMAIE TALENT AWARD
Federica Rosellini, star of Where the Shadows Fall by Valentina Pedicini
Mimmo Borrelli, star of Equilibrium by Vincenzo Marra

EDIPO RE PRIZE
Valentina Pedicini, director of Where the Shadows Fall

LANTERNA MAGICA PRIZE
Equilibrium by Vincenzo Marra

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