Alice nella Città
"Children are the mirror of the adults who make them grow"
With this proverb Park Kwang Su shows his connection to the world of children. The director from South Korea won the fourth annual prize in the Young Adults section (from 13 to 17) of "Alice in the City" with his Noonbushin Narae/ Meet Mr daddy. The K-12 section (from 12 to 14) was won by Joseph Greco for his Canvas.
This exhibition devoted to film and literature for children, which began in 2003 and was quite risky at the time, is today able to boast figures that certify its success: thirteen thousand attendees including both teachers and students, ninety-six judges divided into three groups, and a program with twenty features, fourteen of them in the competition and six in worldwide previews.
In 2006 the exhibition was combined with the Film Festival of Rome.
The exhibition program offers two competitions, in film and in books, and these take place at the same time along with screenings, meetings, and lectures connected to the discovery and analysis of the works presented.
Gianluca Giannelli, the director of the exhibition, recalls the most exciting moments of this year's event: "I was very proud to succeed in bringing Hana Makhmalbaf and her Buda Az Sharm Foru Rikht/ Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame to Rome. It is not easy for Iranians to travel outside their country, and bringing her here was quite an undertaking, but we did it. Her film is very popular with children who have shown themselves to be increasingly interested in current issues. To see her be mentioned for the Ungari/Unicef prize was a wonderful thing for everyone there and for all who appreciate her work."But the greatest excitement was provided by Noonbushin Narae/ Meet Mr daddy by the South Korean Park Kwang Su. The jury for the Young Adults section had no doubts in awarding the prize, which signified something beautiful: it said that young people do not turn up their noses when confronted by a film in a difficult language such as Korean, but have an open mind and are able to deal with it.
Moleskine is happy to be part of "Alice in the City" for the second year, with various versions of its notebook personalized by the unmistakable creativity of Marti Guixè. The inspiration of this versatile Catalan artist has done more than simply make a contribution to "Alice." Besides conceiving the set of wooden bells that is the exhibition prize, created in collaboration with Sevi, in 2006 Marti was responsible for outfitting the courtyard of the Cerere Foundation in such a way that it became a space for encouraging the interaction of important figures in the film world with the daily programs of the festival. For Moleskine, Marti has personalized the City Notebook for Milan.
To see what Marti has done for Alice, and for further info about the exhibition: www.alicenellacittà.com