Sightseers best film at the Courmayeur Noir in Festival
- The jury, presided by Jennifer Lynch, gave its special prize to French 38 Témoins, the People’s Choice Award went to Swedish The Hypnotist
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film profile] (photo) by Ben Wheatley was the winner at the 22nd Courmayeur Noir in Festival, the festival for noir cinema which came to an end on Sunday, December 16 in the popular destination town, just a stone’s throw from the Mont Blanc. The international jury, presided over by Jennifer Lynch, gave its Black Lion for Best Film Award to the story of a romantic getaway which transforms into a nightmare, describing it as “an intelligent black comedy” giving “a dark, worrying and ironic experience, a ruthless mirror of contemporary madness, told with masterful irony.” The film will be coming out in Italian cinemas, distributed by Academy Two.
The Special Jury Prize went to the silent witnesses in French 38 Témoins [+see also:
film profile] by Lucas Belvaux, “a powerful piece of work” in which “like a Greek tragedy, we bear witness to representations of human weaknesses and strengths.” The Best Performance Award went to Estefanía de los Santos, who gave life in Spanish film Grupo 7 [+see also:
film profile] by Alberto Rodríguez to “a different idea of ‘femme fatale’ in a role where she managed to blur the lines between person and character.”
The Noir in Festival audience gave their award to Swedish The Hypnotist by Lasse Hallström, an adaptation of a Lars Kaplan novel by the same name which revolves around the brutal assassination of a family in Stockholm. The film will be distributed in Italy by BIM. A special mention also went to Tulpa by Federico Zampaglione, for its ability to “know how to reclaim the taste and tradition of a golden age,” that of genre cinema in Italy, “all the while adapting its style to today’s audiences.” Tulpa will be distributed in Italy by Iris Film.
(Translated from Italian)
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