Nastri d’Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

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Last night, the best documentaries of this edition were awarded with the 2023 Silver Ribbons: let’s find out all the details together in this dedicated article

The Nastri d’Argento award was born in Rome, way back in 1946, with actors such as Vittorio de Sica and Anna Magnani among the first great artists to receive one. It is, in reality, the oldest Italian film award and is awarded by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Journalists (SNGCI) to the Ancient Theater of Taormina every year. The Ribbons have also become a point of reference for the world of documentaries and short films and that of the annual award ceremony has remained a fixed and marked point over time, even when, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the world of cinema was hit hard .

Yesterday evening, February 27, the 2023 Nastri d’Argento award ceremony was held at the Cinema Caravaggio in Rome for the documentary section. Silver Ribbons a The Lost Generation by Marco Turco for the ‘Cinema del Reale’ and ex aequo for ‘Cinema, Spettaolo, Cultura’ – with the ‘Documentary of the year’ Sergio Leone – The Italian who invented America by Francesco Zippel, presented in Venice – to the films Ennio Flaiano, Foreigner in the Homeland by Fabrizio Corallo and Valeria Parisi e Franco Battiato – The Master’s Voice by Marco Spagnoli. Let’s find out together some more details on the documentaries present, on the nominees and the winners of the Nastri d’Argento 2023.

Nastri d'Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

All the documentaries present at the Nastri d’Argento 2023: among prizes and great authors

The lost generation tells the story of Italy in the 70s through the story of Carlo Rivolta who, between the ’77 Movement and the journalism of the first editorial staff of Repubblica, he began to investigate heroin dealing also through its diffusion among young peoplethen ending up being a victim: the tragedy of his death forever marked the end of an era in which student struggles were only a desire for freedom and battles for change.

A recurring theme, that of the Seventies, between political news and cultural ferment in a particularly interesting year precisely in the story of the country’s social and customs changes, not only in the memory of the last fifty years, but also in the ferment of new protests that they seem to reopen the violence of social conflict. In the palmarès that opens the 2023 edition of the Awards assigned by Italian Film Journalists, the street artist At a timejust to quote today’s news, is the ‘Protagonist of the year’ in Antonio Valerio Spera’s documentary Life is (not) a game, presented in preview at the Rome Film Fest, a film that tells the mysterious nocturnal raids between provocation and militant protest.

Nastri d'Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

A plethora of categories | Nastri d’Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

They have been altogether 55 finalist titles in the official selection. The National Board of Film Journalists chose them (Laura Delli Colli president, Fulvia Caprara vice president, Oscar Cosulich, Maurizio di Rienzo, Susanna Rotunno, Paolo Sommaruga and Stefania Ulivi) among the 130, published in 2022, viewed this year. For the ‘Cinema del Reale’ the finalists are, with the winners The lost generation by Marco Turco and Las Leonas by Chiara Bondì and Isabel Achával who received a special prize, Kill me if you can by Alex Infascelli, Wake me up at midnight by Francesco Patierno and The Matchmaker by Benedetta Argentieri.

Among the titles that tell the protagonists and events of ‘Cinema, Entertainment, Culture’ the two winning films are ex aequo Ennio Flaiano, Straniero in Patria by Fabrizio Corallo and Valeria Parisi and Franco Battiato, La Voce del Padrone by Marco Spagnoli, finalists with Nino Migliori. Journey around my room by Elisabetta Sgarbi, Almost blond hair, almost blue eyes, 78 letters to Pier Paolo Pasolini by Simona Risi and Souvenir d’Italie, dedicated to Lelio Luttazzi, by Giorgio Verdelli.

Nastri d'Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

Sports heroes | Nastri d’Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

The surprise of this edition of the Nastri came from the ‘sports heroes‘, with the special ‘cinquina’ not only dedicated to great football: with Marco Ponti’s Summer Season, the winning documentary that weaves the success of Sampdoria into the story of the fraternal friendship between Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini, a special prize for Nel our sky a rumble of thunder by Riccardo Milani went to the great Gigi Riva, an icon of sporting heroism but also of a Sardinia that still today continues to consider him a symbol. A mention, for having told a ‘case’, unforgettable not only in the memory of Romanists, went to Er goal de Turone was good by Francesco Miccichè and Lorenzo Rossi Espagnet. Again the ‘great football’ in the ‘cinquina’ with It was all beautiful – The story of Paolino and Pablito, Walter Veltroni’s homage to Paolo Rossi and finally, from the world of basketball, Kobe – An Italian story by Jesus Garcés Lambert on the unforgettable Kobe Bryant.

The Film Journalists awarded Kordon by Alice Tomassini, a journey into the courageous resistance of Ukrainian women the ‘Valentina Pedicini Award‘, now in its third edition and promoted in collaboration with the Palermo office of the CSC – Experimental Center of Cinematography, dedicated to documentaries and led by director Costanza Quatriglio. A recognition born to remember the particular sensitivity of the gaze of a director who disappeared too soon which also assigns a special prize to La timidezza delle chiome by Valentina Bertani, signaling in the ‘quinquina’ finalist The circle by Sophie Chiarello, the debut work by Isabella Ragonese Rosa – Il canto delle sirene and Life is (not) a game by Antonio Valerio Spera for which Laika was chosen as ‘Protagonist of the Year’ in Documentaries.

Nastri d'Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

The floor to the President | Nastri d’Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

The President Laura Delli Colli, on behalf of the Board, commented:

A final selection in which our journalistic sensitivity also prevailed, along with the narrative quality. An edition particularly marked by memory closes, but also by the chronicle of a complex season which marked the most significant turning point on the subject of civil rights, addressing, however, with lucidity also the contradictions of a period marked by the effervescence of protest and at the same time by contradictions and drifts, not only political, which have distorted the dream of great change.

Concluding the balance of this edition, with the theme of sport never so much frequented in the story of the ‘Cinema del Reale’ many monographs which, in the section dedicated to ‘Cinema, Entertainment, Culture’ are now increasingly relying on the audiovisual a real archive of historical memory with portraits of authors and protagonists. A ‘library’ that adds one more chapter to a precious cultural heritage every year.

Nastri d'Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

All prizes! | Nastri d’Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

The prize Documentary of the year has been assigned to:

  • Sergio Leone – The Italian who invented America by Francesco Zippel

For the category Cinema of the Real the awards are as follows:

  • Best Film: The Lost Generation of Marco Turco
  • Special Award: Las Leonas by Chiara Bondì Isabel Achàval

For the category Cinema, Entertainment, Culture the award ceremony is as follows:

  • Best Film (Equal): Ennio Flaiano, Foreigner in the homeland of Fabrizio Corallo, Valeria Parisi | Franco Battiato – The master’s voice by Marco Spagnoli

The documentary Protagonist of the year 2023 is as follows:

  • Laika for Life is (not) a Game by Antonio Valerio Spera

For the category The Great Football, The Heroes of Sport the awards are as follows:

  • Best Movie: Marco Ponti’s Summer Season
  • Special Award: Gigi Riva for In our sky a rumble of thunder by Riccardo Milani
  • Special mention: Er Gol de Turone was Bono by Francesco Miccichè, Lorenzo Rossi Espagnet

The prize Valentina Pedicini has been assigned to:

  • Best Film: Kordon by Alice Tomassini
  • Special Award: The Shyness of the Hair by Valentina Bertani

I premi Cinema & Work have been assigned to:

  • Via Argine 310 by Gianfranco Pannone
  • We are Alitalia – The story of a country that no longer knows how to fly by Filippo Soldi

Nastri d'Argento 2023: the list of winning documentaries!

To next year!

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