LET'S CELEBRATE THE RICHNESS OF LESBIAN FILMS
Best documentary “The Rest I Make Up”
Jury Prize to “The Rest I make up” by Michelle Merman for allowing us to discover the incredible story of an artist, a woman who has made the most of her passions, and her extraordinary talent with the power to influence and inspire entire generations of screenwriters and authors. Thanks to the director’s work, this film becomes the story of the relationship, initially professional and then of friendship, between the protagonist Maria Irene Fornes and Michelle Merman (the filmmaker). It shows how the past and memory can serve as true instruments of creativity, a key to the future that the filmmaker passes on to us viewers, the transmission of a true act of witnessing that not even illness can impede. The camera becomes her typewriter, involving us in a story that always remains open to the possibility of being rewritten, without filters or constructs but with lucidity and honesty.
Special mention to “Invisible Women” for having restored a piece of history of feminist struggle and LGBTQ rights claiming that would undoubtedly have fallen into oblivion but that absolutely deserves to be shared with the next generations.
Best feature film “Clases de historia”
For having succeeded, with courage and originality, in telling the story of a relationship between women that lies outside the need to assign labels and reproduce clichés, yet without ever yielding to reassuring and judgmental expectations. For the intensity and skill with which the two protagonists embodied a narrative full of positive opportunities, offering a never-trivial depiction of two apparently distant moments in life in which contact between the two gives rise to liberating forms of energy and vitality.
Best short film “JUCK”
For the strength of an intentionally multi-voiced and collective work the plurality of which is also expressed in the languages it chooses to employ, mixing documentary, dance video, video clips, social experimentation and audiovisual manifesto with immense creativity. For the intensity with which it subverts the patterns of representation of the female body, moving BEYOND dualisms in a viral act of guerrilla performance that is queer to the extreme. For the overwhelming power of movements and bodies that take possession of public space, creating a chain reaction of gazes that is also a political act.
Special Mention to “Marguerite” – For the extraordinary sensitivity with which this short manages to expand the concept of love, offering a delicate representation of the senses, affections and the body in old age that cinema too often overlooks. For the restraint with which the screenplay and dialogues focus on the themes of relationship and identity as a path that winds through an entire lifetime, going straight to the heart and essence.
Thanks to the jury, to the audience, and all the people supported us. We thank you all for the incredible warmth and the power we received during these 3 wonderful days.
We invite you to the next festival’s edition, on September 2020, from 18th to 20th.
AGAINST OPPRESSIVE POWERS AND NEXT TO THE WOMEN REBELLING AROUND THE WORLD, WE KEEP CELEBRATING THE STRENGTH, IRONY AND RICHNESS OF LESBIAN FILMS.