Gianfrancesco Lazotti’s From The Waist Up (Dalla Vita In Poi) has won the Golden Tauro for Best Film in the Mediterranean Competition at the 56th Taormina Film Fest.

The film’s leads, Cristina Capotondi and Filippo Nigro, shared the prize for best performance.

The film is a love story about a handicapped young woman and a prisoner serving a long jail sentence.

Spanish director Jorge Coira won Best Director for 18 Meals (18 Comidas).

The Taormina jury was comprised of Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick, Spanish director Isabel Coixet, Brazilian actress Alice Braga, Egyptian film critic Samir Farid and Italian actor Enrico Lo Verso.

The Audience Award, for a film from the Beyond The Mediterranean section, went to Markus Goller’s German comedy Friendship!.

The Audience Jury gave the NICE Prize for Best Sicilian short to Rec, Stop and Play by Emanuele Pisano.

The Young People’s Jury gave two awards to Brazil’s Besouro by Joao Daniel Tikhomiroff and Spain’s 53 Dias De Inverno by Judith Colell.
Taormina presented its Toarmina Arte Awards during the festival to Robert De Niro, Colin Firth, Marco Bellocchio and Francesco Alliata. A special Taormina Arte Award for previously jailed Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who is still prevented from travelling abroad, was picked up by actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya.

Emir Kusturica also picked up a Dialogue Between Cultures Award.