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Shell wins top Turin prize

Scott Graham’s directorial debut has been named Best Film at the 30th Turin Film Festival.

  • See below for full list winners

Shell, the story of a father-daughter relationship set in a remote Scottish petrol station, won the top award and a $26,000 (€20,000) prize.

In TFF’s Sidebar Awards, Shell also won the International Film Critics’ FIPRESCI prize and the Holden School Award, voted for by students.

Graham, named one of Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2011, made the film through Glasgow-based production company Brocken Spectre. Starring Chloe Pirrie and Joseph Mawle, Shell is sold by Bac Films International.

Other prizes included the Special Jury Award of $10,000 (€8,000), which went to Italian doc Noi Non Siamo Come James Bond, directed by Mario Balsamo, and US teen drama Pavilion, directed by Tim Sutton.

In addition, Aylin Tezel was named Best Actress for Germany’s Am Himmel der Tag (Breaking Horizons) and Huntun Batu was declared Best Actor for Mongolia’s Tabun Mahabuda (The First Aggregate).

The festival was overshadowed by the absence of director Ken Loach, who declined a lifetime achievement award and cancelled plans to attend in protest of an alleged labour dispute at the National Film Museum.

The museum claimed that the UK director of The Angels’ Share had been “badly informed”.

Italian director Ettore Scola, who picked up the Gran Premio Torino lifetime achievement award on Thursday (Nov 29) said he “understood” the struggle of the workers but declared Loach’s decision as “inappropriate” and “not useful” to their cause.

Despite the controversy, the festival, which began on Nov 23, reported an uplift in ticket sales of more than 12%, bucking the national trend.

The event ended on Saturday (Dec 1) with closing film Ginger and Rosa, from UK director Sally Potter.

Full list of winners

TORINO 30

Best Film (20.000 €)
Shell by Scott Graham (UK, 2012, 87’)

Special Jury Award ex-aequo (8.000 €)
Noi Non Siamo Come James Bond di Mario Balsamo (Italy, 2012, 73’)
&
Pavilion di Tim Sutton (USA, 2012, 72’)

Best Actress Award
Aylin Tezel for Am Himmel der Tag (Breaking Horizons)
by Pola Beck (Germany, 2012, 86’)

Best Actor Award
Huntun Batu for Tabun Mahabuda (The First Aggregate)
by Emyr ap Richard, Darhad Erdenibulag (Mongolia, 2012, 90’)

TFFDOC - INTERNAZIONALE.DOC

Best Film (7.000 €)
A ÚLTIMA VEZ QUE VI MACAU by João Rui Guerra da Mata and João Pedro Rodrigues
(Portugal/France, 2012, 85’)

Special Prize
LEVIATHAN by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel (UK/France/US, 2012, 87’)

TFFDOC - ITALIANA.DOC

Best Film (7.000 €)
I DON’T SPEAK VERY GOOD, I DANCE BETTER by Maged El Mahedy (Egypt/Italy, 2012, 80’)

Special Jury Award (3.000 €)
FATTI CORSARI by Stefano Petti and Alberto Testone (Italy, 2012, 79’)

Special Mention
LA SECONDA NATURA by Marcello Sannino (Italy, 2012, 58’)

ITALIANA.CORTI (short film)

Best Film (5.000 €)
SPIRITI by Yukai Ebisuno, Raffaella Mantegazza (Italy, 2012, 11’)

Special Jury Award - Kodak Award (3.000 € in film stock)
IN NESSUN LUOGO RESTA by Maria Giovanna Cicciari (Italy, 2012, 11’)

Special Mention
UN MONDO MEGLIO CHE NIENTE by Cobol Pongide and Marco Santarelli (Italy, 2012, 39’)

SPAZIO TORINO /Short Film Competition for directors born or living in Piedmont

Chicca Richelmy Award for the Best Film (2.500 €)
IL MARE DI BEPPE by Carlo Cagnasso (Italy, 2012, 5’)

CIPPUTI AWARD

Best Film about Working World
NADEA E SVETA by Maura Delpero (Italy, 2012, 62’)

BASSAN ARTS & CRAFTS AWARD

Best Production Design (1.500 €)
Lina Nordqvist, head of production design for CALL GIRL
by Mikael Marcimain (Sweden/Ireland/Norway/Finland, 2012, 140’)

30. TORINO FILM FESTIVAL: SIDEBAR AWARDS

FIPRESCI AWARD
SHELL by Scott Graham (UK, 2012, 87’)

HOLDEN SCHOOL AWARD
SHELL by Scott Graham (UK, 2012, 87’)

ACHILLE VALDATA AWARD
I.D. by Kamal K.M. (India, 2012, 90’)

AVANTI! AWARD
FATTI CORSARI di Stefano Petti e Alberto Testone (Italia, 2012, ‘79)

UCCA - VENTI CITTÀ AWARD
LA SECONDA NATURA by Marcello Sannino (Italy, 2012, 58’)

Special Mentions
PARALLAX SOUNDS by Augusto Contento (France/Germany/Finland, 2012, 95’)

NADEA E SVETA by Maura Delpero (Italy, 2012, 62’)

GANDHI’S GLASSES AWARD (1.500 €)
LA CHICA DEL SUR by José Luis Garcia (Argentina, 2012, 93’)

Special Mentions
COULEUR DE PEAU: MIEL by Jung and Laurent Boileau (France/Belgium, 2012, 75’)

NO di Pablo Larrain

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