On 28 March Sguardi Altrove Film Festival announced the winners of its 22nd edition.

Nuovi Sguardi International Award
The jury made up by Iole Giannattasio, Elena Stancanelli and Michela Marzano assigned the award for Best Feature Film to Ben Zaken by Efrat Corem with the following motivation:
Thanks to a storytelling that is straightforward and on the mark, and to a rigorous staging, the film portrays with thoughtfulness and sensitivity the difficulties faced by a young single father in dealing with his eleven-year-old daughter, in the delicate context of a multi-ethnic suburb in Israel.
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A special mention goes to the Russian film Nine Days One Morning by Vera Storzoheva for its sensitivity and humanity in approaching the difficult theme of adoptions, without giving way to stereotypes and clichés..

Le Donne Raccontano International Award
The jury made up by Laura Delli Colli, Giovanni Giommi and Fabrizio Grosoli assigned the award for Best Documentary to Tito’s Glasses by Regina Schilling with the following motivation:
A journey into personal memory and recent history that, despite the wounds of the past, looks towards the future with optimism. No rhetoric and very little nostalgia can be found in this story that gains further strength by displaying an extraordinary self-irony.
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A Special Mention goes to A Taxi With a View by Barbara Nava with the following motivation:
In a mosaic of personal stories, an account of the difficulties of life in a special place where the freedom to open up about oneself symbolically lasts as long as a taxi ride.

Sguardi (S)confinati International Award
The jury made up by Anna Franceschini, Lorenzo Vitalone and Rossella Farinotti assigned the award for Best Short Film to Zima di Cristina Picchi with the following motivation:
Zima not only portrays in a remarkable way, in the form of a short documentary, a region and a season, but, thanks to the composition ability of the director, to the precision of a gaze that does not become a formal dictatorship but opens up to multiple interpretations, represents an emotional and perceptive journey in which the element of cold crystallises in factual, psychological and social contents and simultaneously in iridescent, hybrid and metamorphic forms. .
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The jury also assigned the following Special Mentions:
One nice day by Soosan Salamat, for the grace and simplicity encapsulated in the three minutes of a perfect and touching story, reminiscent of a neorealist Iranian tradition, capable of conveying a positive mention without being didactic, and of offering a cinema of hope, with bravery and originality.

Les voix de Yacine (Yacine Voices’s)  by Charlotte Menin for the sophisticated use of an experimental language, for its significative manner of linking images and words, alternating presences and absences.

SNGCI Special Award
The jury made up by Fulvia Caprara, Laura Delli Colli, Arianna Finos, Miriam Mauti, Cristiana Paternò, Teresa Marchesi, Susanna Rotunno, Stefania Ulivi assigned the award for Best Documentary to Tito’s Glasses by Regina Schilling with the following motivation:
Because it touches on a private story on the end of a world that is forever lost, going over the past without giving way to nostalgia. Politics and everyday life merge in Tito’s Glasses, a film that tells of past heroisms belonging to a great illusion, finding “elsewhere” a balance between past and present.

Youth Jury Award
The jury of students of the Collegio di Milano made up by Sara Barricelli, Davide Brocchi, Francesco Furlanis, Andrea Giudici, Donatella Mancini, Paolo Rodi, Annalaura Tiberini, Elide Vincenti assigned the award for Best Documentary to Tito’s Glasses by Regina Schilling with the following motivation:
For a truth without superstructures, that gives voice to complex stories and brings us closer to a distant reality that is without a doubt worth exploring. If a film manages to establish a dialogue with the audience as it tells a story, the added value is guaranteed.
For the delightful way in which the story pieces together the fragments of a painful past, seducing the audience with quotes meant to impress and an aptly ironic style.
For the aesthetic quality of the film and for the beautiful shots that lead us poetically to the places where the story takes place.
For the fitting soundtracks that make an impression and at times steal the scene, completing the viewing experience.
For the way in which a beautiful and light-hearted story made us reflect, following in the footsteps of the main character’s journey to discover the life of her parents.

Audience Award
Driving with Monologue by Roberta De Paoli