Torino Film Festival 30 – Competition

The 30th Torino Film Festival is almost over and tonight we will have the awards. I have seen the majority of the films that were in competition.

Probably Scott Graham’s Shell will be the great winner judging by the talk of the town and of course the film itself which misses in some points, but has an overall acceptance from both the audience and the critics.

Also Breaking Horizons by Pola Beck could have a prize in screenplay or in leading female role.

Su Re by Giovanni Columbu is the only Italian film worth taking into consideration with an amazing cinematography.

The other Italians Noi Non Siamo Come James Bond and Smettere di Fumare Fumando can not been taken into consideration for winners.

Made in Ash by Iveta Grófová from Slovakia is a great debut film but for a limited demanding audience.

Una Noche by Lucy Mulloy was audience’s favorite film and maybe an award could go to Cuba too.

I.D. by Kamal K.M was a great positive surprise that probably won’t be recognized but it is a film to watch and not just the “third world” choice for a festival.

The First Aggregate by Emyr ap Richard and Darhad Erdenibulag on the other hand is the typical arthouse movie from an Asian country that should exist in a festival but not for a particular reason.

Terrados by Demian Sabini is fresh, has a different view on things but the good ideas remain undeveloped and seems more like an episode of a comic-drama TV series.

Call Girl by Mikael Marcimain from Sweden would be great for TV but not for a festival although some could she a leading female role here.

Sun Don’t Shine by Amy Seimetz tries to be too much to achieve something and keeps failing, especially the “Cassavetes” part, the indie choice of the festival.

Present Tense by Belmin Söylemez likewise was really trying to succeed in something more artistic but was too slow burning for no obvious reason.

I haven’t seen, Arthur Newman which was the big stars film in competition, The Liability a Snatch-like crime/comedy but Tim Roth must be interesting as the leading role and Pavilion that has so many Gus Van Sant influences even for an indie film.

Torino 30 Jury

Paolo Sorrentino, Franco Piersanti, Karl Baumgartner, Joana Preiss and Costantin Popescu have already chosen the big winners of this year’s festival.


The 30th Torino Film Festival has ended and of course the big winner was the Scottish film Shell by Scott Graham. Shell has won the Best film award and the prize of 20.000 €, the FIPRESCI award, and the Holden – Best Screenplay award.

Jury’s Special Award was given ex-aequo to the Italian film Noi Non Siamo Come James Bond (We are not like James Bond) by Mario Balsamo and the indie American film Pavilion by Tim Sutton.

Best Actress Award went to the great favorite of this year, Aylin Tezel for Am Himmel Der Tag (Breaking Horizons) by Pola Beck. The Best Actor award to Huntun Batu for Tabun Mahabuda (The First Aggregate) by Emyr ap Richard and Darhad Erdenibulag.

For the TFFDOC and the International.Doc section the best film award was given to the Portuguese documentary A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macao) by João Rui Guerra da Mata and João Pedro Rodrigues. Also documentary’s Special Prize was awarded to Leviathan by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel.

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