Find out the winners of PerSo 2018

PerSo Award

The most important Award of 4th Edition PerSo Film Festival goes to ”Hale County, this morning, this evening” (USA, 2018, 76’) by RaMell Ross.
The film was premiered at Sundance 2018 and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision, it is also Oscar-nominated as best Documentary for 2019. It has been listed by Variety and New York Times as one of the 10 documentaries to-be-seen in 2018. ”Hale County, this morning, this evening” was Italy-premiered in Perugia at PerSo Film Festival 2018.

About the film (source:

Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.

In the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, quotidian moments and the surrounding southern landscape are given importance, drawing poetic comparisons between historical symbols and the African American banal. Images are woven together to replace narrative arc with visual movements. As Ross crafts an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, a new aesthetic framework emerges that offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat, and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. as well far beyond.

PerSo Agorà

2018 PerSo Audience Award goes to ”Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo” (Spain, 2017, 90’) by Gustavo Salmeron.
Gustavo Salmeron is a very popular actor in Spain, this was his first documentary film as a director.
”Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo” won 2018 Goya Award for Best Documentary, after the Italian premiere in Perugia at PerSo Film Festival, it was cinema distributed in Italy.

About the Film (source:

Spanish actor Gustavo Salmerón steps behind the camera to capture the winsome eccentricities of his extraordinary mother Julita, who had three dreams: having lots of kids, owning a monkey, and living in a castle.

special MENTION

The Official Jury of PerSo Film Festival assigned a Special Mention to ”Rever sous le capitalisme” by Sophie Bruneau (Belgium, 2017, 63’).

About the Film (source:

Twelve people recount and then interpret their memory of a dream about work.
These mistreated souls describe, in a poetic and political way, their subjective suffering at work.
Bit by bit, the dreamers and their dreams portray a world dominated by neoliberal capitalism.

PerSo Short Award

PerSo Short Award is assigned by critics from the Italian Cinema Magazine FilmTV.
”Lembri Uudu” (Estony, 2017, 25’) by Eeva Magi win 2018 Award.

About the Film (source:

Till Estonia’s re-independence in 1991, Pähkla village in Saaremaa had a kolkhoz which provided jobs for all the villagers. Lembri Uudu also worked in a kolkhoz as a tractor driver. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the kolkhoz was disbanded, most of Pähkla’s villagers lost their jobs and Uudu died. But sometimes it happens that person’s real vital force arises after his death. Lembri Uudu died at such a right time that he became a hero who still gives villagers the power to live and keeps the kolkhoz united.

PerSo Short Jail

”La nostra storia” (Italy, 2018 4′) by Lorenzo Latrofa win PerSo Short Jail Award, an award assigned by a group of inmates from the District Prison of Capanne, Perugia

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Emigration is a common territory that has involved many people all over the world.
The stories of today’s emigrants are the stories of our past.

PerSo Cinema Italiano

”Lorello e Brunello” (Italy, 2017, 86’) by Jacopo Quadri win PerSo Cinema Italiano Award. A competition reserved to best Italian recently released Documentaries.

Umbria in Celluloide

”La botta grossa” (Italy, 2017, 82’) by Sandro Baldoni win Umbria in Celluloide Award. A competition reserved to film made by authors from Umbria region and/or set in Umbria region.

Premio Clara Sereni

”SPK Komplex” (Germany, 2018, 111′) by Gerd Klose win Clara Sereni Award.
Clara Sereni Award is given to best psychiatric themed films of PerSo Film Festival.

Percorsi /Prospettive

This Section of the Festival is entirly dedicated to Under 35 Italian directors
”Yousef” (Italy, 2018, 15′) by Mohamed Hossameldin win Percorsi\Prospettive PerSo Award
Project ”Anonima Armonisti” by Marco Signoretti win the Workshop Competition, and it will be tutored by PerSo Film Festival


Project ”Alice” by Riccardo Palladino win PerSo Lab competition, this project will receive 2.000 € to be realized
Project ”Lo zio d’America” by Luisa Izzo win a Special Tutoring offered by PerSo Film Festival

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