Riviera International Film Festival 2023, all the strength of the documentary

The 7th edition of the Riviera International Film Festival 2023, the review that rewards the works of the best filmmakers under 35, ended on Sunday 14 May

The awards ceremony saw actress Emily Mortimer virtually present the Best movie award to The sixth Child by Leopold Legrand, who also received the Audience Award of the public. The film, starring Sara Giraudeau, Damien Bonnard and Judith Chemla, tells the story of Franck, a scrap dealer who lives in financial difficulties in the suburbs of Paris with his wife Meriem and five children, with a sixth on the way. It is also the story of Julien and Anna, wealthy lawyers unable to have children and of the unthinkable agreement between the two families.

But it is perhaps the documentary section, ten works from all over the world, with a common theme of the environment, the spearhead of the event, so much so that it deserves the attention of Sky Documentaries, media partner of the festival. “In general we are not very inclined to associate with festivals – said Roberto Pisoni, Sky Entertainment Channel Senior Director – we do it where there is a common project. We believe that the Riviera International Film Festival is among the best for documentaries, with a selection, the one made by Massimo Santimone, of such high quality that it was difficult to choose just one as the Sky Award”. The special prize was finally awarded to the Austrian Patrick and the Whale by Mark Fletcher, produced by Wolfang Knopfler. A fascinating underwater journey that leads us to get to know this incredible mammal up close and its relationship with us humans.

The actress Michela Andreozzi, in the documentary jury comments as follows:

“It was my first time on a jury and mostly for the documentary section, a genre that I really like and which I believe has its strength in being entertainment and art at the same time. With a documentary you see art, you are involved, but you always learn something. With Anna Favella, my jury partner, we thought for a long time before declaring the winner. And we appreciated how the selection speaks of the environment in different tones. Some jobs are rightly alarming, while others instill hope. Many are designed for a young audience, which is essential, to convey a message of awareness to the generations that can bring about positive changes ”.

Therefore, it was the winner of best documentary Project Icemana US production directed by the Egyptian Ammar Kandil who follows step by step the feat at the limits of human possibilities accomplished by Anders Hofman, an amateur triathlete who left Copenhagen to become the first man able to complete an Ironman in Antarctica.