Gran Paradiso Film Festival

From July 23 to 28, 2018 in Cogne and August in the Grand-Paradis valleys
Carlo Ratti - Foto archivio FGP

Gran Paradiso Film Festival: all ready for the grand finale

The 19th edition of the Gran Paradiso Film Festival is approaching to its conclusion: less than 24 hours before the award ceremony of tomorrow in Cogne, when the winner of the Stambecco d'Oro Trophy Fondazione CRT Award will be revealed. 

Wait, curiosity and trepidation are in the air, as the audience fills all the screening venues as well as the events of Aria di Festival, Festival OFF and De Rerum Natura.

To open the afternoon “Walking in the wild”, the first presentation of the book Montecristo. Dentro i segreti della natura selvaggia (Laterza Editore, 2015) by Marco Albino Ferrari, Director of Meridiani Montagne.

Following the presentation, Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT in Boston, reflected on how the increasing use of networks and new technologies is allowing innovative approaches and strategies in the study of the environment: projects that can lead to a better quality of life and to a more sustainable reality. 

During the conference, Carlo Ratti stated that «Thanks to network we are able to understand what happens in the environment to give dynamic and real-time responses. A dynamic and new relation is created between us and the surroundings».

Protagonist of Saturday will be Flavio Caroli, special guest of this edition of the Festival, who will guide the audience across the history of art during “Souls and faces”, at 5 p.m. at Maison de la Grivola in Cogne.

The touching story of Mlena Bethaz, ranger of Gran Paradiso National Park who, despite the tragic accident that changed her life, succeeded in reaching the top of Gran Paradiso thanks to her courage and willpower, will open the award ceremony at 9 p.m.   

The Festival is organised by Fondation Grand Paradis in partnership with Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region -  Department of Tourism, Sport, Commerce and Transport; Giroparchi Project – PAR FAS Valle d’Aosta 2007/2013; Compagnia di San Paolo; Fondazione CRT; Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; Gran Paradiso National Park; Municipality of Cogne; Federparchi; Office Régional du Tourisme; Municipality of Ceresole Reale; Municipality of Champorcher; Municipality of Rhêmes-Saint-Georges; Municipality of Villeneuve; Alpine Convention and Montura.