FESTIVALS: Bulgarian Godless Wins Locarno Film Festival

    Ralitza Petrova Ralitza Petrova Festival del film Locarno

    LOCARNO: Ralitza Petrova’s Godless won the Golden Leopard and Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts the Special Jury Prize at the 69th edition of Locarno Film Festival held 3-13 August 2016.

    Irena Ivanova was also awarded Best Actress for Godless, while the Polish actor Andrzej Seweryn won the Best Actor award for The Last Family by Jan P. Matuszyński.

    Scarred Hearts has also won the Don Quijote Prize awarded by the International Federation of Film Societies.
    In less than two weeks, 279 films were screened in the festival, of which 17 took part in the Concorso internazionale and 16 had open air screenings in the Piazza Grande.


    Concorso internazionale

    Golden Leopard: Godless / Bezbog (Bulgaria, Denmark) 

    Directed by Ralitza Petrova

    Produced by Klas Film

    Coproduced by Snow Globe, Alcatraz Films, Film Factory

    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages

    Special Jury Prize: Scarred Hearts / Inimi cicatrizate (Romania, Germany)

    Directed by Radu Jude

    Produced by Hi Film
    Coproduced by Komplizen Film 

    Supported by the Romanian CNC and the Media Programme

    Best Direction: João Pedro Rodrigues for O ornitólogo (Portugal, France, Brazil)

    Best Actress: Irena Ivanova for Godless by Ralitza Petrova

    Best Actor: Andrzej Seweryn for The Last Family / Ostatnia rodzina (Poland)
    Directed by Jan P. Matuszyński
    Produced by Aurum Film
    Coproduced by HBO Europe, the Mazovia Film Fund, Lightcraft and Universal Music Poland.
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Special Mention: Mister Universo (Austria, Italy)
    Directed by Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

    Concorso Cineasti del presente

    Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente – Premio Nescens: El auge del humano (Argentina, Brazil, Portugal)
    Directed by Eduardo Williams

    Special Jury Prize: The Challenge (Italy, France, Switzerland)
    Directed by Yuri Ancarani

    Prize for the Best Emerging Director: Mariko Tetsuya for Destruction Babies (Japan)

    Special Mention: Viejo calavera (Bolivia, Qatar)
    Directed by Kiro Russo

    First Feature

    Swatch First Feature Award (Prize for Best First Feature): El futuro perfecto (Argentina)
    Directed by Nele Wohlatz

    Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award: Maud Alpi for Gorge coeur ventre (France)

    Special Mention: El auge del humano


    Pardi di domani

    Concorso internazionale

    Pardino d’oro– Premio SRG SSR: Romance / L’immense retour (Belgium, France)
    Directed by Manon Coubia

    Pardino d’argento SRG SSR: Cilaos (France)
    Directed by Camilo Restrepo

    Locarno Nomination for the European Film Awards – Premio Pianifica: Romance / L’immense retour

    Premio Film und Video Untertitelung: Valparaiso (Italy)
    Directed by Carlo Sironi

    Special Mention: Non castus (Chile)
    Directed by Andrea Castillo

    Concorso nazionale

    Pardino d’oro– Premio Swiss Life: Die Brücke über den Fluss
    Directed by Jadwiga Kowalska

    Pardino d’argento Swiss Life: Genesis
    Directed by Lucien Monot

    Best Swiss Newcomer Award: La Sève
    Directed by Manon Goupil

    Prix du Public UBS: I, Daniel Blake (United Kingdom, France, Belgium)
    Directed by Ken Loach

    Variety Piazza Grande Award: Moka (France, Switzerland)
    Directed by Frédéric Mermoud