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Giffoni awards ‘Oblivion’

Cricket pic gets Golden Gryphon

ROME — British helmer Paul Morrison’s film “Wondrous Oblivion” took top kudos at the 33rd Giffoni Intl. Film Fest for Children and Young People, which wrapped Saturday in Giffoni Valle Piana off Italy’s Amalfi coast.

Film took the Golden Gryphon for film in fest’s key Free to Fly section that targets viewers from ages 12-14.

“Oblivion,” a coming-of-age film set in 1960s England tells the tale of a boy’s trials to fit in, and to learn to play cricket. Silver Gryphon for short film in the same section went to Brit Ian Clark’s “Def,” about a boy who dreams of becoming a rapper despite being hearing impaired. Chen Kaige of “Farewell my Concubine” fame took the Bronze Gryphon (jury prize) for his feature “Han Ni Zai Yiki” (Together) about a talented 13-year-old violinist’s attempts to make it in the competitive world of classical music as a way to be close to his father.

“Menolippu Mombassen” (One-Way Ticket to Mombassa) from Finish helmer Hannu Tuomainen took Gold and Bronze kudos in the “Y Gen” section dedicated to films for 15-19 year olds. The Silver Gryphon in this category went to “Greenhorn” by German Helmer Michael Kreuz.

Kudos in the First Screens category (9-12 years old) went to Italo helmers Giovanni Albanese for “AAA Achille” and to short “Heterogenic” by Raimondo della Calce. “Heterogenic” also took kudos in the competitive Kids section added this year for best animated short designated for auds from 6-9 years of age.

Juries are composed exclusively of children whose ages correspond to the target aud age for each section.

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