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Eurimages’ Audentia Award to highlight female directors selected at Locarno

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- The prize aiming to promote greater gender equality in the film industry nominates 10 films screening at the festival

Eurimages’ Audentia Award to highlight female directors selected at Locarno
Tomorrow and Thereafter by Noémie Lvovsky

The Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund has joined forces with Locarno Film Festival to present the second edition of the Audentia Award for best female director, during the 70th edition of the Festival, which will be held from 2 to 12 August.The prize recipient will be announced on Thursday 10 August.

The award, a cash prize of 30,000 euros, has been instigated by Eurimages alongside a raft of other measures to promote greater gender equality in the film industry.

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10 films have been pre-selected from across all Locarno Festival’s categories and all films by female directors to compete for the second edition of the Prize:

Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World [+see also:
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- Francesca Comencini (Italy)
Tomorrow and Thereafter [+see also:
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- Noémie Lvovsky (France)
Let the Corpses Tan [+see also:
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- Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani (France)
Farewell to the Parents [+see also:
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- Astrid Johanna Ofner (Austria)
Milla [+see also:
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- Valerie Massadian (France)
Anatomia del miracolo [+see also:
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- Alessandra Celesia (France/Italy)
The Prince of Nothingwood [+see also:
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- Sonia Kronlund (France/Germany)
The Endless Days of Youth - Léa Forest, Cosme Castro (France)
Pietra tenera [+see also:
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- Aurélie Mertenat (Switzerland)
Sand and Blood [+see also:
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- Angelika Spangel, Matthias Krepp (Austria)

The prize-giver of the second edition, Goldshifteh Farahani, has been chosen for her outstanding courage and commitment to advancing the cause of gender equality. Jury members include: Rachel Schmid, the Swiss representative to Eurimages, Marie-Pierre Vallé (head of acquisitions, Wild Bunch) and Roger Garcia (executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival).

The first prize-winner was Anca Damian, for her film The Magic Mountain [+see also:
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, which won the first Audentia Award at Istanbul Film Festival in 2016 (read the news).

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