The Venice Film Festival has awarded its first nod.
“Scialla!” (Chill), a father-and-son laffer marking Italo scribe Francesco Bruni’s dierectorial debut, is the winner of the main nod in the Controcampo Italiano section, dedicated to new trends in Italian cinema.
Produced by Beppe Caschetto, with financing from RAI Cinema, “Chill” stars Fabrizio Bentivoglio (“The Family Friend”) as an apathetic retired schoolteacher who discovers he has a15-year old son. Barbora Bobulova (“Coco Chanel”) plays a former pornstar. Pic has been a surprise Lido crowdpleaser.
Bruni and helmer Paolo Virzi wrote the script for “The First Beautiful Thing,” Italy’s 2010 foreign-language Oscar contender.
This year’s expanded Controcampo section also dished out a best docu nod to Fiorenza Infascelli’s hard-hitting “Pugni chiusi,” about a group of laid-off Sardinian workers who stage a protest in an abandoned jailhouse.
The Controcampo short prize went to “A Chjána ” by Jonas Carpignano, a former Spike Lee collaborator. The winning short is about the hardships of Italy’s illegal immigrants in Southern Italy.