Sweetwater by Martin Guigui, dedicated to the life of Nat Clifton, who made history as the first African American to sign an NBA contract, forever changing the way basketball is played, won the Golden dragon for best feature film at the eighth Ferrara Film Festival, also obtaining the award for best director and recognition for the soundtrack, which ranges from jazz to blues to rock’n’roll.
Among the documentaries it was awarded Sisters of Ukraine by Mike Dorsey: Two volunteers from Barcelona travel to a convent in Western Ukraine where nuns help refugees after the Russian invasion. Other Golden Dragon Awards went to Three stories in a bottle by Giuseppe Gandini (Premiere Autore 2023-Best Feature Film) and to his interpreter Massimo Olcese (Best Lead Actor in Feature Film 2023), to Lucrezia Lante Della Rovere for L’enchanting Lucrezia Borgia (Best Lead Actress in Feature Film 2023-Lyda Borelli Award), to Luca Maria Piccolo for Physiological Solutionwith Stefano Accorsi (Best Short Film Director 2023), a The Screens by Erik Champney (Premiere Event 2023-Best Short Film-Weshort Award) and others Midnight Ride by Alessandro Farrattini Pojani (Premiere Autore 2023-Best Short Film). In eight days of the event, 35 feature films and short films were screened at the Teatro Nuovo in Ferrara, of which 19 were previews: 7 world, 4 European and 8 Italian. This edition of the Festival paid particular attention to some delicate social and current issues: global conflicts, violence against women, social equality. Parading on the red carpet, among others, Kevin Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Lucrezia Lante della Rovere, Manuela Arcuri, Edoardo Leo, Stefano Fresi, Martina Stella. The Golden Dragon for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Giancarlo Giannini on the occasion of the opening ceremony.