Roma Cinema Doc film fest Winners
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Best International short film (30 min or less)
Film Title: Bad Sheriff
Director: Ben Bernschneider
When an ex-police alumni turned vigilante killer – who goes by the name of ‘Bad Sheriff’ – walks into a bar to pick up his girl and leave town forever, he bumps into his old instructor – to soon find out that he is the man trying to hunt him down.
A love letter to early 80s crime movies and a wake up call for German genre cinema. From a time when neon was a given, romance tasted like blood and ambivalent heros said little, but spoke through their guns.
Best Italian short film (30 min or less)
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Best international documentary (60 min or less)
Film Title: The Adventures of an Aspiring Rockstar
Director: Sam Oldmeadow
From a very young age, Cosimo Mauro dreamt about being a Rockstar.
It was a dream he would briefly realise in his twenties.
But what he could not have predicted was that at age forty he would be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
On the surface the film provides an intimate window into the life of a man struggling psychologically and physically with a debilitating illness but if we look closer we soon understand that Parkinson’s is just an exaggeration of the universal themes of ageing and the comparisons we are eventually forced to make between a life we used to dream about and the lives we actually lead.
Best italian documentary (60 min or less)
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Best International web series (30 min or less – episode)
Film Title: A.I.SHA My Virtual Girlfriend
Director: Archana Karulkar
Sam is a genius app developer working at Future Lens. Sid, his boss, is an out-and-out megalomaniac who makes Sam’s life a living hell. But Sam won’t let that come in the way of his dream project. He’s out to prove to the world that he is the greatest Artificial Intelligence app developer. But things take a turn for the worse when A.I.SHA develops a mind of her own.
SPECIAL MENTION: “BERTRAND”
Best Italian web series (30 min or less – episode)
Film Title: Hooked
Director: Luca Vecchi
In a closed system that totally lacks information, external circumstances can influence our judgement. A sloppy dressed girls shivers and drools convulsively on the edge of a highway. It is 4 in the morning. Luca and Valerio are the ones trying to prevent this story to become popular on medias, but the chances to save an overdosed girl when you took the same substances are really poor. More in details, they are almost non-existent if you are as high as a clumsy doped horse.
This girl lives in the suburbs. Carrying her there while she is unconscious needs a surprising coordination of physical effort and intellectual wits, if we take into account the very low calibre of the protagonists. Nonetheless, she does not own the house and we find out that she works as a nurse of an old lady that scampers incautiously among the elegant rooms of her refined residence, animated by that true joy that only dementia can give you.
In a closed system that totally lacks information, the presence of lots of money in the toilet of that old lady can influence your judgement.
Hooked is a black comedy.
SPECIAL MENTION: “FIRED – Who is going to be fired?”
Best Student film (20 min or less)
Film Title: The Stand
Director: Blake Skuse
Three guys in the mafia are assigned to make a hit but when they realise whom they have to kill the night comes to a halt.
Best Short Short (5 min or less)
Film Title: Timed Expectancy
Director: Riccardo Pittaluga
In a context where the res-publica is eroded from the market, health becomes a paid service: a system supported by an underlying social Darwinism where those who pay will be saved and who don’t simply die.
In the general spirit of efficiency and extreme optimizing the patient and family are no longer assisted, followed, comforted, in a service that first of all is human and then sanitary, instead they are left to manage the therapy alone, entrusted to a machine that provide just the minimal care for the mechanical functioning of the body.
The emotionality of healing and suffering are values that can’t be translatable and quantifiable, therefore are no longer components of the system.
SPECIAL MENTION PHOTOGRAPHY: Paolo Bellan – “Remember everything, to not forget anyone”
Best One minute short film (60 seconds or less)
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