:: THE PRIZEGIVING
Bnl Award for the Best First Film
FREEZE FRAME BEST FIRST FILM
STIDDA CA CURRI BEST SHORT SICILIAN FILM
The Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, on the occasion of the fifth edition of the
Taormina BNL FilmFest, awards the € 25,000 prize BNL First Film 2004 to
the Irish director John Simpson for the film "FREEZE FRAME".
It is a thriller that tells, in an unstructured way, the story of a man suspected
of a murder who is very paranoic and goes on filming himself next to a clock
in order to have an alibi in case he is accused of another crime. The problems
rise when the police calls him and a tape that could prove his innocence mysteriously
The prize will be invested on the development of a second film.
The € 5,000 prize BNL - The Sicilian Shorts 2004, goes to Piero Messina
for the short film "STIDDA CA CURRI". It is based on a short
story by Turi Vassallo and tells the story of the shepherd Lillo; his story
is told from two different points of view: Lillo's and that of the owner of
the flock for whom the shepherd worked.
In this section, the short "REGALO DI COMPLEANNO" by Christian
Bisceglia and Fabrizio Ruggirello got a nomination too.
The two films have been choosen by an international jury chaired by the German
director Michael Verhoeven and made up by four personalities from both cinema
and culture fields: the actress Iris Peynado, the director Paolo Sorrentino,
the director of the International Istanbul Festival Mrs Hülia Uçansu,
the fashion designer and cinema lover Emanuel Ungaro.
Taormina Arte Audience Award
The audience assigned the Taormina Arte Audience Award of 10.000 euro, offered
by the regional tourist board to movie "TURN LEFT AT THE END
OF THE WORLD" dell'israeliano Avi Nesher
The Jury made up by Marcel Martin, president, Ronald Bergan, Andrei Plakhov,
Imma Merino e Sauro Borelli
awards the movie "VILLA PARANOIA" del danese Eric Clausen