Saturday, 13 August 2016

DEBUT DIRECTOR RALITZA PETROVA WINS LOCARNO GOLDEN LEOPARD


Eight of the 17 films receiving their respective world premieres as the official Concorso Internazionale at Locarno 2016 were from female directors, so it's fitting that one of them should take the top prize from such an inclusive festival. Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova's debut feature film Godless won both the Pardo d'Oro and the prize for Best Actress; the film is also competing for the Heart of Sarajevo at the Sarajevo Film Festival this month. The film also took home the Ecumenical Prize. There were no awards for critics' fave Matias Pineiro and his film Hermia & Helena, with other main awards going to directors Radu Jude and Joao Pedro Rodrigues. Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's Mister Universo was a top pick for many juries, claiming four mentions. And Cannes Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake won the audience award. Congratulations to all the winners! Check out the films that competed at this link, and the films that succeeded below:

Concorso Internazionale

Golden Leopard
Godless (Ralitza Petrova)

Special Jury Prize
Scarred Hearts (Radu Jude)

Special Mention
Mister Universo (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel)

Leopard for Best Direction
Joao Pedro Rodrigues (The Ornithologist)

Leopard for Best Actor
Andrzej Seweryn (The Last Family)

Leopard for Best Actress
Irena Ivanova (Godless)


Awards from seven other sections of the festival after the cut.


Pardi di Domani

Concorso Internazionale

Golden Leopard
Romance (Manon Coubia)

Silver Leopard
Cilaos (Camilo Restrepo)

Special Mention
Non Castus (Andrea Castillo)

Nomination to the European Film Awards
Romance (Manon Coubia)

Film und Video Untertitelung Prize
Valparaiso (Carlo Sironi)

Concorso Nazionale

Golden Leopard
Genesis (Lucien Monot)

Best Swiss Short
Die Brucke Uber den Fluss (Jadwiga Kowalska)

Best Swiss Newcomer
La Seve (Manon Goupil)


Concorso Cineasti del Presente

Golden Leopard
El Auge del Humano (Eduardo Williams)

Special Jury Prize
The Challenge (Yuri Ancarani)

Special Mention
Viejo Calavera (Kiro Russo)

Best Emerging Director
Mariko Tetsuya (Destruction Babies)


Critics' Week

SRG SSR Prize
Cahire Africain (Heidi Specogna)
Komunia (Anna Zamecka)


First Feature Section

Best First Feature
El Futuro Perfecto (Nele Wohlatz)

Special Mention
El Auge del Humano (Eduardo Williams)

Art Peace Hotel Award
Gorge Coeur Ventre (Maud Alpi)


Independent Awards

FIPRESCI Prize
Mister Universo (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel)

Ecumenical Prize
Godless (Ralitza Petrova)

Ecumenical Jury Special Mention
Maria (Michael Koch)
Mister Universo (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel)


Junior Jury Awards

Concorso Internazionale

First Prize
Bangkok Nites (Tomita Katsuya)

Second Prize
Mister Universo (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel)

Third Prize
Kaze ni Nureta Onna (Shiota Akihiko)

Environment Is Quality of Life Award
Maria (Michael Koch)

Pardi di Domani

Concorso Internazionale

Best Short Film
Fox (Jacqueline Lentzou)

Concorso Nazionale

Best Swiss Short
Lost Exile (Fisnik Maxhuni)

Special Mention
Genesis (Lucien Monot)


Audience Awards

Prix du Public UBS
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)