Parque vía scoops Golden Leopard at Locarno
by Mathieu Loewer
The 61st Locarno International Film Festival (August 6-16) – headed by artistic director Frédéric Maire – announced its prize-winners on Saturday.
The Golden Leopard in the International Competition was awarded to Enrique Rivero’s Parque vía, the first Mexican film to win the festival’s Grand Prize. The title also picked up the International Film Critics’ Federation (Fipresci) Prize.
The Special Jury Prize and the Youth Jury Second Prize went to Malgoska Szumowska’s German/Polish film 33 Scenes from Life [+see also:
film profile]. Meanwhile, Denis Côté took home Best Director for Elle veut le chaos (“She Wants Chaos”, Canada) and the Leopard for Best Debut Film went to Händl Klaus’ März (Austria).
Ilaria Occhini received the Leopard for Best Actress for her role in Federico Bondi’s Mar nero [+see also:
film profile] (“Black Sea”, Italy/Romania/France), which also won over the Ecumenical Jury and the Youth Jury. Tayanç Ayaydin won the Leopard for Best Actor for Ben Hopkins’ The Market - A Tale of Trade [+see also:
film profile] (Germany/UK/Turkey/Kazakhstan).
In the Filmmakers of the Present section, Swiss director Fernand Melgar picked up the Golden Leopard for La forteresse [+see also:
film profile] (“The Fortress”) and the Special Jury Prize went to Chile’s Esteban Larraín for Alicia en el país (“Alice in the Land”). The Critics’ Week Jury honoured Kites by Polish director Beata Dzianowicz.
Kirill Serebrennikov’s Yuri’s Day (Russia/Germany) received the Youth Jury First Prize and the International Federation of Film Clubs Award. The Netpac Award went to Noh Young-seok’s Daytime Drinking (South Korea) and the Arthouse Prize to Özcan Alpers’ Autumn [+see also:
film profile] (Turkey/Germany). Garth Jennings’ Son of Rambow [+see also:
film profile] (UK/France/Germany) won the Audience Award and Sólveig Anspach’s Back Soon [+see also:
film profile] (Iceland/France) scooped the Variety Piazza Grande Award.
The festival was attended by 180,000 viewers (185,751 in 2007) despite the rain which put the dampers on the Piazza Grande open-air screenings. Moreover, the international rights to five of the competition titles were sold at the film market. These include Un autre homme [+see also:
interview: Lionel Baier
film profile] (“Another Man”) by Switzerland’s Lionel Baier (Wide Management); Yuri’s Day by Russia’s Serebrennikov (m-appeal); Daytime Drinking by Korean director Young-seok (Finecut); Mar nero by Italy’s Bondi (Intramovies); and Autumn by Turkish director Alper (Medialuna).
(Translated from French)
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