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Festivals 2017-08-11

Locarno Festival’s Signs of Life Award for Best Film has been granted to COCOTE by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias.

Signs of Life aims to explore new ground, narrative forms and innovative cinematic language. Originally out-of-competition when founded in 2014, Signs of Life is now a competitive section. This year’s jury is composed of Chris Fujiwara, film critic and programmer (USA, Japan), Jordan Cronk, film critic and programmer (USA) and Maria Bonsanti, programmer (Italy).

The Signs of Life Award for Best Film 2017 is awarded to COCOTE(Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, Qatar) by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias from the Dominican Republic.

The Signs of Life jury awarded Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias’ film for “its capacity to reinvent the traditions of anthropological cinema in a creative manner”.

The Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award was given to director Dane Komljen for PHANTASIESÄTZE (Germany, Denmark) “for its rigorous and fascinating approach to landscape, language and memory”.

The jury has given a Special Mention to ERA UMA VEZ BRASÍLIA (Brazil, Portugal) by Adirley Queirós “for its original and ambitious construction”.

The Signs of Life Award worth 5,000 Swiss francs was made possible thanks to the support of (Zurich). The foundation’s mission is to sustain innovative cultural projects on an international scale.

The Fundación Casa Wabi and Mantarraya, in collaboration with the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, have given support for Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award which consists of an up to three-month-long residence in the Casa Wabi in Puerto Escondido (Mexico).

The awards will be presented tonight at the 9.30 PM Piazza Grande screening.