Daily | Albert Serra wins Locarno’s Golden Leopard

'Story of My Death'

‘Story of My Death’

The Lav Diaz-led jury in Locarno has awarded this year’s Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard) to Albert Serra’s Story of My Death. The Special Jury Prize goes to Joaquim Pinto’s What Now? Remind Me. Hong Sang-soo wins the Leopard for the Best Direction for Our Sunhi.

Leopard for the Best Actress: Brie Larson for her performance in Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, a film that’s also scored a special mention from the jury. And the Leopard for the Best Actor: Fernando Bacilio for his performance in Daniel and Diego Vega’s The Mute.

Click any of the titles above for roundups of reviews, clips, and so on. Meantime, another special mention goes to Yves Yersin’s Blackboard.

Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez have won the top Cinema of the Present prize for Manakamana, another project to come out of the Harvard University Sensory Ethnography Lab that’s also  given us Sweetgrass and Leviathan. Lois Patino wins the Cinema of the Present award for best emerging director for his documentary Costa da Morte, and a special jury prize goes to Gilles Deroos and Marianne Pistone’s Mouton.

Variety’s Piazza Grande Award goes to Baltasar Kormákur 2 Guns. And an audience award goes to Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle.

“Two portraits of people on the edge, Alexander Kvatashidze’s war-reporter themed docu-feature See You in Chechnya and Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’s questioning vengeance thriller To Kill a Man, were the big winners Tuesday at Locarno’s Open Doors and Carte Blanche, two of Locarno’s major industry competitions,” reported John Hopewell in Variety earlier this week. “Open Doors is a screenings/co-production lab for projects, Carte Blanche, which focused this year on Chile, a pix-in-post showcase.”

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