Mi chiamo Francesco Totti scores June’s Audience Award

09 June 2021

Film Still: Mi chiamo Francesco Totti

Mi chiamo Francesco Totti by Alex Infascelli announced as the winner of the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award in June. Rotterdam audiences were invited to vote for their favourite film during the festival from 2 to 6 June, both online and in cinemas. The selection of Italian director Infascelli for the award and its €5,000 prize marks the official close of our 50th festival edition.

Before Italian footballer Francesco Totti’s final game, passionate documentary Mi chiamo Francesco Totti looks back on his well-over 25 year career playing for AS Roma. Using an overwhelming wealth of archival footage, Alex Infascelli composes a passionate portrait of this one-club man, adored by the people of Rome as both a star athlete and humble family man. Mi chiamo Francesco Totti (My Name Is Francesco Totti) scored an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.

Filmmaker Alex Infascelli: “This is unbelievable! Out of all the awards possible, this is the most important: the crowd. I am grateful to everyone who has opened their hearts to our film!”

IFFR has a long-running love affair with football. Over the years, festival photographers captured moments such as a visit from Johan Cruyff, and an IFFR football tournament. Watch the Picture This football vignette, one of fifty that combine words, music and above all photos to add surprising footnotes to the story of IFFR.

In February, IFFR audiences voted to give the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award to Quo vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić for her portrayal of the Srebrenica massacre. In response, the June festival hosted a Big Talk that discussed representations of such trauma, and art’s role in anchoring the event in collective memory. Watch it here.


VriendenLoterij Audience Award

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