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Official Award Winners at #Locarno71



From the official Film Fest Locarno Press Release

The 2018 edition, the sixth and last under the artistic direction of Carlo Chatrian, ended successfully and was crowned with the Pardo d’oro for A LAND IMAGINED by the director YEO Siew Hua.

293 films were shown in less than two weeks, 18 under the sky of Piazza Grande and 15 in the Concorso internazionale: among this year’s star guests were the unforgettable greetings from Ethan Hawke and Ted Hope in Piazza Grande, the conversations with Meg Ryan, Bruno Dumont and the masterclass of Kyle Cooper; the remembrance by Paolo Taviani of his brother Vittorio and the congeniality of Diego Abantatuono and Sandra Milo.

Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director: “Held in extremely high temperatures, Locarno71 was a rich and diversified edition, just as it is in the tradition of a festival which is not afraid to approach extremes and to combine a smile with reflection. The guests who brought their experience and congeniality, were joined by new ideas that were well received, I think about the critical success of the film La Flor or the wonderful response of the audience to the night screening of the television series by Bruno Dumont, for example. In the aesthetic search for a form suited to a rapidly changing actuality, where images seem omnipresent, the award-winning films tell of a world where man is still the measure of all things. With 12 award-winning women – among two Swiss directors – out of 25 awards, the 71st edition confirmed that Locarno is a festival where one plans the future”.


Concorso internazionale

Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard)
A LAND IMAGINED by YEO Siew Hua, Singapore / France / The Netherlands

Premio Speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize) 
M by Yolande Zauberman, France

Pardo per la miglior regia (Leopard for Best Direction)
TARDE PARA MORIR JOVEN by Dominga Sotomayor, Chile / Brazil / Argentina / The Netherlands / Qatar

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile (Pardo for Best Actress)
Andra Guți for ALICE T. by Radu Muntean, Romania / France / Sweden

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione maschile (Pardo for Best Actor)
KI Joobong for GANGBYUN HOTEL (Hotel by the River) by HONG Sangsoo, South Korea

Special Mention
RAY & LIZ by Richard Billingham, United Kingdom
Concorso Cineasti del presente

Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente for the best film 
CHAOS by Sara Fattahi, Austria / Syria / Lebanon / Qatar

Premio per il miglior regista emergente – Città e Regione di Locarno (Prize for the Best Emerging Director)
DEAD HORSE NEBULA by Tarık Aktaş, Turkey

Premio Speciale della Giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente (Special Jury Prize) 
CLOSING TIME by Nicole Vögele, Switzerland / Germany

Special Mentions
FAUSTO by Andrea Bussmann, Mexico / Canada
Rose, character of L’ÉPOQUE by Matthieu Bareyre, France
Signs of Life

Signs of Life Award ELECTRONIC-ART.FOUNDATION to the Best Film
HAI SHANG CHENG SHI (The Fragile House) by LIN Zi, China

Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award
First Feature

Swatch First Feature Award (Prize for Best First Feature)
ALLES IST GUT by Eva Trobisch, Germany

Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award
RŪGŠTUS MIŠKAS (Acid Forest) by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Lithuania

Special Mention 
TIRSS, RIHLAT ALSOO’OUD ILA ALMAR’I (Erased, Ascent of the Invisible) by Ghassan Halwani, Lebanon


Pardi di domani

Concorso internazionale

Pardino d’oro for the Best International Short Film – Premio SRG SSR
D’UN CHÂTEAU L’AUTRE by Emmanuel Marre, Belgium / France

Pardino d’argento SRG SSR for the Concorso Internazionale
HEART OF HUNGER by Bernardo Zanotta, The Netherlands

Pardi di domani Best Direction Prize – PIANIFICA
EL LABERINTO by Laura Huertas Millán, France / Columbia / USA

Medien Patent Verwaltung AG Award

Special Mention
LA MÁXIMA LONGITUD DE UN PUENTE by Simón Vélez, Columbia / Argentina

Concorso nazionale

Pardino d’oro for the Best Swiss Short Film – Premio Swiss Life
LOS QUE DESEAN by Elena López Riera, Switzerland / Spain
(Locarno Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards 2018)

Pardino d’argento Swiss Life for the Concorso nazionale
ABIGAÏL by Magdalena Froger, Switzerland

Best Swiss Newcomer Award
ICI LE CHEMIN DES ÂNES by Lou Rambert Preiss, Switzerland

Prix du Public UBS

Variety Piazza Grande Award
LE VENT TOURNE by Bettina Oberli, Switzerland, France

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