The 9th Visioni dal Mondo International Documentary Festival recently unveiled its winning documentaries, emphasising films that combine technical prowess with deep narrative exploration.
The Best Italian Feature Film Award, which comes with a €5,000 prize, was bestowed upon La primavera è primavera anche in città (dir. Mattia Arreghini, Valerio Di Martino, Raffaele Greco, Elia Storchi). This documentary offers a historical perspective on old Milan, receiving commendation for its clear and unembellished portrayal.
Lilian Sassanelli’s Solitudine a due secured the GKSD Investment Holding New Talent Opera Prima Prize, valued at €2,500. It was recognized for its unique perspective on a specific phase of romantic relationships.
The Rai Cinema Award was conferred on Ayoub Naseri’s Il cielo è mio. This documentary explores the intense relationship between a father and son against a war-torn setting.
The Best International Feature Documentary title, accompanied by a €3,000 reward, went to Eat Bitter by Pascale Appora-Gnekindy and Ningyi Sun. This film delves into the challenges of a shifting global landscape and neo-colonialism’s implications on interpersonal dynamics.
The Amici Cineteca Milano International Contest 2023 Prize recognized Return to Raqqa by Albert Sole’ and Raul Cuevas. For the VR-focused awards, 21-22 China by Thierry Loa clinched the Visioni VR 2023 Prize.
Several films received special mentions. Among them, The Deal by Chiara Sambuchi was highlighted for its in-depth exploration of the Nigerian mafia and the human trafficking nexus. Meanwhile, in the VR category, The man who couldn’t leave by Chen Singing was acknowledged for its portrayal of political prisoners during the White Terror period.