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24th CINEMAMBIENTE Festival closing

Here we are at the last day of screenings of this 24th Environmental Film Festival. We hope that this edition has offered you food for thought and a desire to actively participate in the ongoing change towards a more (eco) sustainable world.
On the other hand, as our claim states, (it's) TIME FOR CHANGE.
The final evening will be sanctioned by the award ceremony of the winning films, at 9 pm at the Cinema Massimo in Sala Cabiria, followed by a tribute to Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who is awarded the Movies Save The Planet 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a exceptional and incessant commitment, now fifty years, in environmental photography and cinema.
The closing film will be the French director's new work, considered the most personal and touching of his entire production: Legacy. The film, which chronicles the suffering of the planet due to the damage inflicted by man, the loss of biodiversity and the drama of the sixth mass extinction, will be introduced online by the director and screened simultaneously in Sala Cabiria and Sala Soldati.
Below is a brief summary of all the other events of this final day of the Festival.
In the morning, however, the Festival hosts the final phase of the Italian-Palestinian project NUR - New Urban Resources, which is based on the cooperation agreement signed in 2015 between the cities of Turin and Bethlehem.
NUR has also developed a film initiative by making an animated short film entitled NUR, the traveling light and three short films on energy saving. The works are presented for the first time in Turin, at 10 am in Sala Cabiria, during the meeting dedicated to the project in which a class from Bethlehem will also participate online.
In the afternoon, the International Panorama section presents the feature film The Leadership (4 pm, Sala Cabiria), by Ili Baré. The screening will be introduced by the students of the Environmental Communication Laboratory of the Economics of the Environment, Culture and Territory Course, University of Turin.
At the same time, the latest roundup of titles from the Made in Italy section is also presented: Montagne di Plastica (4 pm, Sala Soldati), by Manuel Camia and Today for Tomorrow by Alessandro Genitori and Elis Karakaci The screenings will be followed by a meeting with directors.
In the second afternoon, two more section titles. Along the future of the Po (5.30 pm, Sala Soldati), created jointly by Gianluca Gasca and Giacomo Piumatti, who will meet the audience in the hall after the screening, and Stefano Santamato's Le Troiane.
At 6 pm in Sala Cabiria, the international Panorama section presents From the Wild Sea by the Danish director Robin Petré.
At 7 pm, however, the last two titles of the Made in Italy section will be screened in the Soldati Room: Il fiore in fuoco by Valeria Civardi and Andrea Settembrini and Viva a temp! by Beatrice Surano. Both screenings will be followed by a meeting with the directors.
The 24th CinemAmbiente Festival concludes its edition this evening with the award ceremony for the winning films, at 9 pm, at the Cinema Massimo - Sala Cabiria, and with the screening of the film Legacy by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
The winning films and the other more than 80 titles proposed in total in this year's billboard are visible for free (upon reservation to be made on the website on the OpenDDB platform, where the Festival continues online until 13 October.
The awards given at the end of the 24th edition of the Festival are:
Asja Energy Award for the best documentary of the international section ($ 5000) awarded to: Marcher sur l'Eau by Aïssa Maïga (France / Belgium 2021, 90 '), by the jury composed of Roberto Danovaro - marine biologist, president of the Anton Zoological Station Dohrn of Naples, Maciej Nowick - director of Watch Docs Human Rights in Film International Film Festival, Poland, Elèna Past - scholar of ecocinema, Associate Professor of Italian at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado - director, Daniele Segre - director, with the following motivation:
In telling a very strong story of people in Niger who suffer not only from water shortages every day, but also, literally, from thirst, the film addresses a problem that affects us all and our responsibilities towards the planet.
An example of reality cinema that focuses its message on the most serious consequences of climate change in areas of the world other than ours, inducing in the viewer a sense of urgency to act.
The beautiful photography of the desert, the narration developed in the language of the place, the identification in the life of the protagonists and in the daily life of a village seen from the eyes of a fourteen-year-old and marked by the changing of the seasons testify to the long time spent by the director inside the community: these are images that deeply involve the viewer and put him in direct comparison with the theme of climate justice.
Terna Award for the best short film of the international section ($ 1500) awarded to: Out of Sight, out of Mind (Aus den Augen aus dem Sinn) by Anna-Maria Dutoit (Germany 2021, 11 '21 ") by the jury composed of Sara Conforti - textile artist and performer, Enrico Vannucci - co-founder of Torino Short Film Market, programmer and member of the selection committee of Leopards of Tomorrow at the Locarno Film Festival, Bruno Smadja - founder and director of Mobile Film Festival, France, with following motivation:
Thanks to the use of a skilful staging that places the human figure in the background, reducing it to a mere voiceover, and thanks to a black and white photograph that flattens the flashy colors of fashion, the director places the accent on an environmental problem that is certainly almost completely unknown to most people: the non-recyclability of fast fashion products, the second most polluting industry on the planet, as well as among the first for energy consumption and natural resources.
IREN Audience Award ($ 1500), awarded by Festival spectators to: Animal by Cyril Dion (France 2021, 120 ')
"From the Earth to the Earth" Award, promoted by Biorepack (€ 3000) for the film in competition that best illustrates the problems related to the earth, the soil, its problems and possible solutions to protect human health, safeguard biodiversity and guarantee food safety awarded by Biorepack and the Festival to: The Ants & the Grasshopper by Raj Patel and Zak Piper (Malawi 2021, 74 ')
Special Movies Save the Planet Award, established by the Festival for an artist who was able to decline the theme of the environment and nature in his work, assigned to: Yann Arthus-Bertrand.



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