Tuesday, 18 August 2015


Hot favourites proved victorious at the Locarno International Film Festival over the weekend. Korea's most prolific arthouse filmmaker Hong Sang Soo picked up his second award from the acclaimed fest, having won the Best Director trophy two years ago for Our Sun Hi, but this time went one better and won the main prize, the Golden Leopard, for Right Now, Wrong Then, which also won lead Jung Jae Young the Best Actor award. The Asian acting winners continued into the Best Actress category, where the win was shared by Happy Hour's ensemble of Kawamura Rira, Kikuchi Hazuki, Mihara Maiko and Tanaka Sachie. The Best Director winner was veteran Polish director Andrzej Zulawski for Cosmos, in what appears to be a grand return to form for the experimental filmmaker. All the winners can be seen below:

Golden Leopard
Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang Soo)

Special Jury Prize
Tikkun (Avishai Sivan)

Best Director
Andrzej Zulawski (Cosmos)

Best Actor
Jung Jae Young (Right Now, Wrong Then)

Best Actress
Kawamura Rira / Kikuchi Hazuki / Mihara Maiko / Tanaka Sachie (Happy Hour)

Special Citation
Shai Goldman (Tikkun)

UPS Public Prize
The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume)

Variety Piazza Grande Award
Summertime (Catherine Corsini)

Cinema of the Present - Best Feature
Thithi (Raam Reddy)

Cinema of the Present - Special Jury Prize
Dead Slow Ahead (Mauro Herce)

Cinema of the Present - Special Commendation
Kaili Blues (Bi Gan)

Swatch Award for Best First Feature
Thithi (Raam Reddy)

Swatch Award - Special Commendation
Kaili Blues (Bi Gan)
Kiev / Moscow. Part 1 (Elena Khoreva)
Paradise (Sina Ataeian Dena)