Cavalleria was awarded the $26,000 (Euros 20,500) Lancia Prize in the fest's international feature film section dedicated to the discovery of new filmmakers. The jury called Serra's film 'a moving, elegant, courageous filmic stand, a stunning cinema debut.'
The film is an ultra-minimalist take on Cervante's classic Don Quixote story, focusing on Quixote and Sancho Panza's journey in
Best director kudos went to Todd Rohal for The Guatamalan Handshake.
The jury called Rohal an 'extremely talented film-maker.'
Both films shared the jury prize for the 'amazing performances of actors Lluis Carbo and Lluis Serrat (Honor) and the tour de force of the entire cast of The Guatemalan Handshake.'
An offbeat comedy set in small-town
Two special Persol prizes ($3,200 each) went to perryfarrell by Giovanna Sonnino and to Un'Altra Storia by a quartet of directors: Marco Battaglia, Gianluca Donati, Laura Schimmenti and Andrea Zulini.
The Spazio Italia Persol prizes of $3,300 and $4,900 in technical services went to the video Suicide of a Paraplegic (Suicidio di un Paraplegico) by Francesco Guttuso.
Ernaldo Data and Daniele Salaris won in the Spazio Turin regional competition for Out Of Focus (Fuori Fuoco). The prize awards $5,000 in technical services.
The Kodak Short film award worth $3,800 in film went to Chronicles of Impeccable Sportsmanship, by Erika Tasini - an Italian-US production filmed on miniDV.
The USD $3,300 Cipputi prize went to Federica Di Giacomo for The Grotesque Side of Life(Il Lato Grottesco della Vita).
The Turin Festival awarded a Cipputi honor for lifetime achievement to Catalan director Joaquin Jorda whose work was the focus of one of three director retrospectives.
The other two retrospectives, arguably the jewel of
Director Walter Hill was recognised with the 'White Cane' critic prize for his western Broken Trail, presented in the