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Locarno Film Festival: Golden Leopard goes to Brazil

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It’s a film about the ubiquity of sex and its rules. The prizes were presented on Saturday evening during a festival closing ceremony on the Piazza Grande.

Rule number 34: Everything that exists on the internet has a porn version. That’s what it says on Wikipedia, for example. Julia Murat reflects on this statement in her third feature film by asking about the compatibility of desire, freedom and protection.

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Giona A. Nazzaro, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival, spoke of a “daring and political work that will set an important example”. He also emphasizes the importance of the award for Brazilian film art. This has “contributed important works to the history of world cinema”, offers “a cinema that is at the forefront of the idea of ​​​​an integrative and free world”, he was quoted as saying in the broadcast on Saturday.

“Last Dance” by Swiss filmmaker Delphine Lehericey won the Audience Award, which was determined by the audience and goes to one of the films shown in the open-air screenings outside of the international competition. In it she tells the story of an elderly widower who finds his way to dance after losing his wife.

The special prize at the Concorso internazionale went to “Gigi la legge” by Alessandro Comodin, the leopard for best direction to Valentina Maurel for “Tengo sueños eléctricos”. Her film also won the Leopards for Best Actress (Daniela Marín Navarro) and Best Actor (Reinaldo Amien Gutiérrez).

Environmental Film Prize for Austrians

The Austrian Nikolaus Geyrhalter did not receive the Golden Leopard for his film “Matter out of Place”, in which he vividly describes how our planet is slowly growing together with the mountains of human garbage, but he did receive the environmental film award Pardo Verde WWF. A second Austrian production, Ruth Mader’s religious drama “Serviam” about pressure and violence in a convent school, was also represented in the competition.

Slovakian director Tereza Nvotová won a Golden Leopard in the Concorso Cineasti del presente category for her film “Svetlonoc” (“Nightsiren”). In it she tells the story of a young woman who returns to her home village in the mountains. There she searches for answers to questions that go back to her difficult childhood.

The special prize in the same category went to Christina Tynkevych for “Yak Tam Katia?” (“How Is Katia?”), that for the best young director to Juraj Lerotić for “Sigurno Mjesto” (“Safe Place”). The latter also won the Best Debut Film award.

Significant increase in viewers

The film festival was attended by 128,500 viewers, which corresponds to an increase of a good 60 percent compared to the previous year, as the organizers announced on Sunday afternoon. Accordingly, 56,500 spectators visited the Piazza Grande and 72,000 the various cinemas in the city. After two years of the coronavirus pandemic, the 75th edition of the most important Swiss film festival could be held largely unaffected.

Source: Nachrichten

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