Strano Film Festival 2019
The sub-theme of this year’s festival was the future is the land. Along with filmmakers, the festival hosted artists from around the globe (Rachel Marks –USA, Maria Giovanna Cicciari – Italy, Ian Clark – UK, Elisabetta Consonni e Diego Bianchi – Italy) each creating participatory projects created specifically for the territory. This provided festival-goers the possibility of experiencing the topics through many mediums.
The international jury comprised of Mark Anastasio, curator of Coolidge After Midnight and Program Manager at the Coolidge Corner Theatre di Brookline (Massachusetts), Lu Heintz, artist, educator and feminist collaborator as well as professor at Rhode Island School of Design di Providence (RI), Pierlorenzo Puglielli, co-founder of the Sulmona International Film Festival and Wolf Solutions for Cinema, Piercesare Stagni, professor of the history of cinema at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia sede d'Abruzzo and at the Accademia Internazionale di Cinema di Pescara, Emma Zbiral-Teller, video artist, curator and teacher based in Brooklyn and founding member of Straight Through the Wall, announced the winner of Strano Film Festival 2019:
Àgua Mole by Alexandra Ramires and Laura Gonçalves
Two honorable mentions were awarded to Il Limite by Edmondo Riccardo Annoni and Miraila by a group of 19 artists from the University of the Basque Country organized by Bego Vicario.
The Capestrangers audience award went to Ato San Nen by Pedro Collantes.
The absolute novelty of this edition was the virtual reality experience. The ancient Church of San Pietro ad Oratorium became a stargate to distant and unknown worlds. Katya Panova, producer of documentaries, curated this unique environment.
Strano has launched Future Lands, a research project of various solutions and utopias that accompany the planning of our future. The study aims to imagine a different, conscious future that can revitalize Italian rural areas and beyond. Each evening discussions came together at the Tavola Rotonda (round table) open to citizens, artists and visitors. The concept was developed by Fratantonio and designed/constructed by Arch. Andrea Rosicarelli of Punto Studio - Paris.