Kids get a kick out of ‘Soccer’

Masannek feted by 6- to 9-year-olds

ROME — Juries made up of 1,300 children assigned top kudos at the Giffoni Intl. Film Fest for Children and Young People on Saturday.

The 6- to 9-year-olds awarded a Golden Gryphon to German helmer Joachim Masannek’s “The Wild Soccer Bunch” about the challenges children face in competitive sport.

The 9- to 12-year-olds picked “Daniel & the Superdogs,” helmer Andre Melon’s British/Canadian co-production about a Canadian orphan.

Spanish helmer Antonio Mercero’s pic “4th Floor” took honors in the section for viewers from age 12 to 14. The film tells the story of a group of children in a cancer ward, poetically recounting their fears and passions.

Y Gen, the section dedicated to 15- to 19-year-olds, gave kudos to Israeli production “Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi” by helmer Shemi Zarhin, about a boy whose overly generous nature leads him to discover how to love others and himself.

Each section additionally awarded a Silver Gryphon to the best short film in their category.

The fest is held in Giffoni Valle Piana, near Italy’s Amalfi coast. Its first sister competition will be held in Los Angeles in February.

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