Golden Grolle for the Italian film which was most sold abroad, goes to
Non ti muovere
by Sergio Castellitto
Golden Grolle for the Italian film most seen in a foreign country was awarded to
La meglio gioventù
by Marco Tullio Giordana
Thanks to the collaboration of Premio Saint-Vincentfor the Cinema and AIP-Filmitalia, three new prizes were designated, acknowledging Italian cinema abroad. For the first time in the history of Italian awards, prizes were given to our films that were most successful outside of our nation’s borders, heralding them as citizens of the world.
The assignment of the awards was based on a thorough inquiry which involved collecting data from the companies that represented Italian films in the International market for the year 2004. Based on these facts, we can rightfully state that, the territories where the films were sold, the number of tickets that were sold in the respective countries as well as participation in the International festivals, qualify as officially documented results. We are particularly pleased of the achievements as each of the winning films in their own right, was faced with actual production challenges.
In Non ti muovere, casting an International diva like Penelope Cruz, as well as offering her the role of a lifetime, and giving us one of her best performances, comparable only to the one, in Tutto su mia madre proved noteworthy . In Vento di Terraproviding the risky challenges were the film’s distinctive choices, an unknown actor, and a subject like the uranium question in the Kosovo war,considered taboo. For Private the challenge was absolute: an Italian director making his debut, the spotlight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, casting the most well known actors from those same countries, and an Italian location used to represent an Israeli settlement in Arab countries.
Lastly, an exceptional paradox : La meglio gioventù,a six hour length film for television which earned the highest number of movie theatre spectators for an Italian film, in a foreign country.
These are the Italian movies that were most sold, most seen and most present overseas, in the year 2004. Besides the talent and creativity, often attributed to the Italians, this time they are also acknowledged for their courage.
THE OTHER PRIZES
Golden Grolle for the Italian film which earned the highest success in theatres.
Christmas in love by Neri Parenti, produced by Aurelio De Laurentiis
Golden Grolle for the Italian film most sold in home video
Il Paradiso all'improvviso by Leonardo Pieraccioni
Golden Grolle for the film most rented in home video
Che ne sarà di noi by Giovanni Veronesi
Golden Grolle for the Italian film most sold for pay tv
Il paradiso all'improvviso by Leonardo Pieraccioni
Golden Grolle’s twin award to the French film with the highest number of spectators in Italian theatres
went to Confidenze troppo intime by Patrice Leconte
Golden Grolle’s twin award to the French film most sold on dvd in Italian video stores.
Fiumi di porpora 2 by Olivier Dahan
Golden Grolle for his career, awarded to
Marco Durandoni for his work on the diffusion of Italian films in home video.