Giusto Manetti Battiloro, partner of France Odeon Firenze, and its genuine gold leaf flew to Paris. Genuine gold leaf reconfirmed the plaque as the award for the festival of French cinema that takes place in Florence. However, on this occasion, the award ceremony took place in Paris, accompanied by a typical Italian dinner. Created by Giusto Manetti Battiloro, the award consists of a leaf of pure gold placed between two pieces of crystal.
Indeed, on Tuesday, 13 February, the award ceremony for the “France Odeon Firenze – Foglia d’Oro giovani” (“France Odeon Florence – Young People’s Golden Leaf”) took place at the Marco Polo in Paris’s Saint Germain quarter. The winning director was Oscar-winning Michel Hazanavicius with his film “Redoubtable”. In Italy, the same film is entitled “Il mio Godard” (“My Godard”) and is part of the Palmares of the 9th French film festival in Florence that took place from 19-22 October 2017.
As already indicated by the award’s name, the awarding jury was composed entirely of young people, seven Florentine students from the Machiavelli Capponi International Lyceum: Evelyn Cantini, Matilde Franceschini, Lydia Pozza, Antonietta Saccorotti, Diana Oana Ticsa, Marco Palanza, and Nicolae Turcan. Underscoring the quality of the directing and the performances of the actors (Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, and Bérénice Bejo), the young people greatly appreciated the irony and intimacy expressed the film with its tale set in the late 1960s.
According to festival director Francesco Ranieri Martinotti’s opinion, the students carried out the task assigned to them brilliantly, guided by jury head Alain Bichon, who viewed and commented on the films in competition, setting up discussions and deliberations on the themes with which the individual directors dealt.
“Redoubtable” was the film that clearly fired up everyone’s imagination.
The prize-giving dinner was a moment of spirited inter-generational cultural exchange attended by such other important cinema figures as: the actresses Sabine Azéma and Déborah François; the director Nicole Garcia; the directors Philippe Le Guay, Nicolas Philibert, and Brice Cauvin; the producers Brahim Chioua and Anne-Dominique Toussaint; the writer Gilda Piersanti; the creative David Kessler; the journalists Anaïs Ginori, Stefano Montefiori, Carla Bardelli, and Aline Arlettaz; and the historian/sociologist Marc Lazar.
This trip to Paris for the young jury was just the first of the many initiatives that will open celebrations for the tenth anniversary of France Odeon Firenze. This French festival in Florence takes place in association with Fondazione Sistema Toscana and is supported by the Regione Toscana, Mibact, the Fondazione Ente Cassa di Risparmio, the Embassy of France, the Municipality of Florence, SACD and the sponsors Ferragamo Parfums, Groupama, and, of course, Giusto Manetti Battiloro.