From this year, together with the Audience Award, the Venice International Film Critics’ Week decided to also give a prize for the best technical contribution, named after the great editor Mario Serandrei. The jury, composed by the film critics’ Franco Montini (president of the National Union of Italian Film Critics’), Adriano De Grandis and Piero Spila gave the Mario Serandrei – Hotel Saturnia Award for the Best Technical Contribution to The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia/Qatar/United Arab Emirates/Lebanon) for “the admirable photography of Amine Messadi and the decisive contribution of Moncef Taleb and Yazid Chabbi for the sound, that constitute a real alternative to narration in a film without dialogues, thanks to which The Last of Us (Akher Wahed Fina) by Ala Eddine Slim carries out an original existential road movie, between ghostly intuitions and an almost abstract description of reality”.
“A confirmation and a restart. The cinema at Venice Critic’s Week is alive and kicking” says Giona Nazzaro, general delegate of the Venice International Film Critics’ Week “characterized by a generous affluence of audience and a great attention by national and international press, this edition of Critics’ Week awards the urgency of living and making cinema, a young cinema which is in tune with the world. Juan Sebastián Mesa and Ala Eddine Slim are two filmmakers that revealed themselves to the audience with an unmistakable and radical gaze. Two filmmakers that are rooted in the present and projected towards the future”.
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