The nineteenth edition of the Magna Graecia Film Festival concluded yesterday. The competitions dedicated to the Italian First Works and International First Works and Documentary sections were curated by Silvia Bizio and Antonio Capellupo, respectively, and presented and awarded some of the season’s most appreciated works.


The jury for Italian feature first and second works saw Pietro Marcello as president, Michele Alhaique, Giuseppe Zeno, Maria Sole Tognazzi and Barbara Chichiarelli among their ranks. The awards presented for these categories were Best Film, given to Una Femmina directed by Francesco Costabile for “A news story transported to the screen through the imaginative potential of cinema. ‘Una femmina’ is an excellent first feature.”


Best Director: Gabriele Mainetti for Freaks Out, Best Actress to Lina Siciliano for Una femmina, Best Actor to Lillo for Gli idoli delle donne, Best Screenplay to Nicola Guaglianone and Gabriele Mainetti for Freaks Out.


As for first and second international feature films, the judges were director John Landis, from designer Domenico Vacca and Nadia Tereszkiewic, star of François Ozon’s upcoming film. The Best Film award was given to Princess of the row, by Van Maximilian Carlson, along with a special mention to actress Seidi Haarla, star of Compartment No. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen.


The first and second documentary works, judged by a jury composed of Agostino Ferrente (jury president), Roberto Perpignani and Serena Gramizzi awarded an ex aequo Rue Garibaldi, directed by Federico Francioni, and Non sono mai tornata indietro, directed by Silvana Costa.


Numerous people were honored on the festival stage in Catanzaro Lido. They included such stars as Richard Gere, John Landis, Stefania Sandrelli, Marco Tullio Giordana and Ricky Tognazzi.