It took place from the 1st to the 6th March the 13th edition of the Monte Carlo Film Festival de la Comedie.
In the splendid setting of the Grimaldi Forum theatre in Monaco, Sunday, March 6th were handed the prizes decreed by the jury chaired by Italian director Gabriele Muccino.
Host of the evening Italian comedian, actor, writer and film director Ezio Greggio.
Alongside the Italian filmmaker also the American actor Robert Davi, the Afghan director Barmark Akram and French journalist Vincent Leleurch.
The award as Best Film went to Spanish movie Anacleto Secret Agent by Javier Luiz Caldera.
The Spanish film, thanks to its protagonist played by Quim Gutierrez, also won the award for Best Actor.
As we have already announced yesterday, the award as Best Film by people’s choice went to the English movie The Legend of Barney Thomson by Robert Carlyle.
The award as Best Director went to the Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen for Men & Chicken.
Mónika Balsai, star of the Hungarian film Liza the Fox-Fairy won the award as Best Actress.
Honourable Mention to Jean-Jacques Rausin for his performance in Je me your à le dire (Belgium-France).
During the evening, were also delivered five Lifetime Achievement Awards to the French actor Claude Brasseur, the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, to the 6-time Academy awarded production designers Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo and to the American actor Billy Zane.
Madalina Ghenea (Youth) and Cristiana Capotondi also receive the Monte Carlo Film Festival Award 2016.
The Special Award for the Best Score was awarded to Andrea Bocelli and producer Tony Renis, who with the album Cinema are at the top of the worldwide charts. The award was awarded by the Artistic Committee of the 13th MCFFC.
Above the 8 films in competition, chosen from more than one hundred films received, the Monte Carlo Film Festival de la Comedie also had the honor of presenting the world premiere of the movie Forever Young by Fausto Brizzi and the film All Roads Lead To Rome by Ella Lemhagen with Sarah Jessica Parker, Raoul Bova, Claudia Cardinale and Rosie Day.
During the festival also it screened the documentary Belmondo Para Belmondo by Paul Belmondo. A tribute that his son Paul dedicated to his father, the legend of French cinema Jean-Paul Belmondo, describing the actor, the artist, the man and his women. An exciting story that brings Belmondo on the places where he shot his films: Copacabana, Rome, Normandy, and the roofs of Paris, with the testimony of Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Charles Gérard and another legend of French cinema, Alain Delon.
At the end of six days made of good laugh, great artists and wonderful cinema the lights went out on a wonderful 13th edition; a little rest before turning back on a 14th edition that will surely continue to honor the good comedy because, as the actress Madalina Ghenea told on stage: “Giving a laugh to the audience is the hardest but at the same time more beautiful thing that an artist can do.”