The Jury for the Concorso international (International Competition) for the 65th Festival del film Locarno, led by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (the other members: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Im Sang-soo, Noémie Lvovksy, and Roger Avary), has awarded the Golden Leopard to Jean-Claude Brisseau’s The Girl from Nowhere, a film dismissed by Screen‘s Dan Fainaru as “almost a parody throwback to the old days of the French New Wave and its more philosophical meanderings…. Brisseau, once earmarked as one of the most promising new talents after his Sound and Fury played in Cannes 1988, obviously sees this as a very personal statement requiring his own presence in the lead.”
On the other hand, just yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter‘s Eric J. Lyman asked artistic director Olivier Père, “Are there any films that have surprised you by the reaction they received?” Père: “There’s one film in competition that I really loved, but that I was nervous about how it would be received. It was made with a very small budget, and I felt it was a risky decision that could have been seen as ridiculous. But instead people have said they loved it. I am talking about La Fille de nulle part (The Girl From Nowhere). I would say that film has been my biggest surprise.”
You’ll find all our coverage of the coverage of this year’s edition here, and we can expect updates over the next few days at least. Meantime, the full list of awards.
CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE (International Competition)
Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard)
La Fille de nulle part by Jean-Claude Brisseau.
Premio speciale della giuria (Special Prize from the Jury)
Somebody Up There Likes Me by Bob Byington.
Pardo per la migliore regia (Best Director)
Ying Liang for the film Wo Hai You Hua Yao Shuo (When Night Falls).
Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile (Best Actress)
An Nai for her performance in When Night Falls by Ying Liang.
Pardo per la miglior interpretazione maschile (Best Actor)
Walter Saabel for Der Glanz des Tages (The Shine of Day) by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel.
To the extraordinary character Candy from the film A Ultima Vez Que Vi Macau due to her powerful presence through absence which resonated for the Jury as representing the immense courage of Portuguese cinema in times when the failures of government and social systems threaten the cinematic arts worldwide.
CONCORSO CINEASTI DEL PRESENTE (First and Second Features)
Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente – Premio George Foundation
Inori by Pedro González-Rubio.
Premio per il miglior regista emergente (Best Director)
Joel Potrykus for Ape.
Premio speciale della giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente
Not in Tel Aviv by Nony Geffen.
Tectonics by Peter Bo Rappmund.
Pardo per la migliore opera prima (Best First Feature)
Ji Yi Wang Zhe Wo (Memories Look at Me) by Song Fang.
Ape by Joel Potrykus.
PARDI DI DOMANI (Leopards of Tomorrow)
Pardino d’oro for the Best International Short Film
The Mass of Men by Gabriel Gauchet.
Yaderni Wydhody (Nuclear Waste) by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy.
Los Retratos (Portraits) by Iván D. Gaona.
Locarno short film nominee for the European Film Awards – Premio Pianific
Back of Beyond by Michael Lennox.
The Film und Video Untertitelung Prize
O Que Arde Cura (As the Flames Rose) ba João Rui Guerra da Mata.
Pardino d’oro for the Best Swiss Short Film
Radio-actif (Radio-active) by Nathan Hofstetter.
L’Amour Bègue (Stammering Love) by Jan Czarlewski.
Premio Action Light for the Best Swiss Newcomer
Il Vulcano (The Volcano) by Alice Riva.
Prix du Public UBS
Lore by Cate Shortland.
Variety Piazza Grande Award
Camille Redouble by Noémie Lvovsky.
Again, our coverage of the coverage of Locarno 65 is going on here.