Handia wins the 2017 Black Panther Award

The 27th edition of Noir in Festival comes to close, after showcasing the best in the noir genre, from film and television to novels and non-fiction, in Milan and Como. On the closing night at Como’s Teatro Sociale, the jury composed of filmmaker SJ Clarkson, critic Cédric Succivalli, photographer Pedro Usabiaga, and the actors Lorenzo Richelmy and Sara Serraiocco, assigned the following awards to the films in the International Competition:

The Black Panther for best film goes to Handia by Jon Garaņo and Aitor Arregi.
The jury released the following statement: "Through a Basque true story, it deals with the issue of cultural and personal identity portraying the relationship between two brothers in a compelling and visually arresting way."

The Black Panther Special Mention goes to Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here): "For her outstanding direction. She’s able to give you insight into the character’s state of mind through her masterly use of evocative imagery and atmospheric soundscape."

The Black Panther for best performance goes to Fares Fares for his role as detective Noredin in The Nile Hilton Incident by Tarik Saleh: "His performance carries all the contradictions of the anti-hero. He is to Cairo what Jack Nicholson was to Chinatown."

Over the course of the evening event, master filmmaker Abel Ferrara was handed the Noir Honorary Award for lifetime achievement: "Bigger than life, real as life is: Abel Ferrara’s films are just that. With memorable acting turns in film noirs starting with his debut in The Driller Killer in 1979, then behind the camera directing masterpieces such as Bad LieutenantSnake Eyes, and The Funeral, Abel Ferrara resists all attempts at having his film, music and virtuoso narratives pigeonholed under a single genre heading. Ferrara is a marvelous storyteller of life itself, a citizen of the world, and a visionary genius. With all its myriad shades of noir that depict the mood of our times, the noir community pays homage to a filmmaker who has deepened the spirit and style of noir and given them a contemporary twist."

Italian cinema was also honored, with the designation of the Caligari Award for the best Italian noir film released in 2017, assigned by a people’s jury of film students and film aficionados to Cinderella the Cat by Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone. Massimiliano Gallo, who voiced "the bad guy" in the story, mobster Salvatore Lo Giusto, was on hand to receive the award.

In addition, the Mercurius Prize, after assigning its Honorary Award to Yuki Sunada, handed a Special Prize to Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya, distributed in Italy by Lab80.