Venice 73: “Spira Mirabilis” and “Voyage of Time” win Green Drop Awards

On 9 September, at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, the Green Drop Award was presented by the 2016 edition’s Master of Ceremonies, Italian actress Francesca Cavallin, to Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti and Terrence Malick.

D’Anolfi and Parenti’s film, “Spira Mirabilis” and Malick’s “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey” were named winners of the fifth annual Green Drop Awards from among the movies in competition at the Venice Film Festival. The prize rewards films that bring attention to the values of ecology and sustainable development.

This year’s jury was made up of the actors Ricky Tognazzi and Simona Izzo, and Antonio Disi from the ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development).

“These films speak to the limitless reach of nature, and let us reflect on the relationship between humanity and nature, and our place in the universe,” explained the jury members. “The fact that different artists explored similar themes reveals, more than ever, a common search for a way of living together in all our diversity – one that will help us understand our place in history, in our time and in life.”

The Green Drop Award trophy is a glass drop designed by Murano master glassmaker Simone Canadese. Every year the trophy is filled with soil from a different place. For the fifth edition, the land of San Francesco, Assisi, was chosen. This decision is linked with Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical, dedicated to safeguarding the environment and creation, which was inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi. Previous awards have contained soil from Brazil, Egypt, the Antarctic and Senegal.

Cavallin, who led the 2016 Green Drop Award ceremony, is a long-time advocate of sustainable lifestyles.

“It was a pleasure to bring together my two passions, two ways of life,” said Cavallin. “Filmmaking and the green lifestyle have both been part of my life since my childhood, and to me represent normality. To not waste things, and to acknowledge the importance of the environment, are values and customs linked to good sense and family wisdom. They encompass everyday gestures, from using solar panels to growing a vegetable garden on a terrace, or aiming to consume locally-produced products.”

The #CinemalnClasseA campaign, launched a few days before the ceremony at the Lido in Venice by the ENEA and Green Cross Italy, was the cause for awarding a third drop – coloured red to symbolize the energy of Tempesta Italy, which for the past five years has pioneered the way for “green” movie production in Italy and achieved new success in that direction with their latest movie, “Fraülen”.

About the Green Drop Award

The Green Drop Award is a prize established by Green Cross Italy, an international NGO founded by Mikhail Gorbachev. It is awarded during the Venice Film Festival to the film which best represents the values of environmental awareness and sustainable development.

This is the award’s fifth edition. In 2012 it was won by “The Fifth Season” by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, then in 2013 by Amos Gitai’s “Ana Arabia”. In 2014, Andrei Konchalovsky won for “The Postman’s White Nights”, and in 2015 the prize went to “Behemoth” by Zhao Liang.

Previous editions have been presided over by Ermanno Olmi, Mimmo Calopresti, Silvia Scola and Remo Girone.

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