In 2012 Rai Cinema created a structure dedicated to documentaries and, over the last three years (2014-2016), has invested around € 5 million to nance 126 projects.
The structure has been guided by Paola Malanga, currently Rai Cinema’s deputy director and product manager.
“Holy GRA” by Gianfranco Rosi, which won the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice Film Festival in 2013, was the first important confirmation that they were on a winning path.
Other important international awards followed, from “Lost and Beautiful” by Pietro Marcello, Golden Leopard winner at Locarno 2015, to “Lousiana” by Roberto Minervini, selected at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section, to “The last Resort”, the only Italian film in the social selection at Cannes 2016, to “Fuocoammare-Fire at sea” by Rosi, Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2016 and an Oscar finalist in 2017.
Documentaries liberate themselves from their subservient link to drama features and regain possession of the dignity of autonomous language: “Sometimes,” says Paola Malanga “reality cinema is stronger than drama”.
Documentary cinema, with its myriad narrative opportunities “is much freer, it knows no frontiers” in terms of the creative as well as the production dimension. “With documentaries we return to the origins of cinema, to looking at things”, maintains Paola Malanga, offering as an example two films supported by Rai Cinema: the aforementioned “The last Resort” and “Happy Winter” by Giovanni Totaro.
“Two different looks at two very different beaches”: the Pedocin beach of Trieste where a wall divides the men and women bathers, and the beach of Mondello, in Palermo.
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