58th Locarno International Film Festival

03.08.2005 to 13.08.2005
Ökumenische Jury Locarno 2005

Die Ökumenische Jury Locarno 2005 (© Fotofestival/Pedrazzini)

Locarno 2005 was particularly important for INTERFILM. The organization, founded in Paris in 1955, celebrated its 50th anniversary there and on this occasion awarded Wim Wenders a special prize "in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the art of film", as stated in the laudatio by INTERFILM's Executive Director Karsten Visarius. He was also the President of the Ecumenical Jury, which awarded its prize for the best film in the competition to "La neuvaine" by Bernard Émond from Canada. With a Commendation the jury also highlighted the film "Fratricide" by Yilmaz Arslan, who also won a Silver Leopard.

The Golden Leopard went to "Nine Lives" by Rodrigo García from the USA, and a Special Prize by the international festival jury was awarded to the French competition entry "Un couple parfait" by Nobuhiro Suwa. The Fipresci Jury of the Association of International Film Critics gave their award to "A Perfect Day" (Mia yperohi mera) by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, a French-Lebanese-German co-production.


The Novena
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While many explicitly religious films fall short because of too earnest proselytising or alienating aspects of piety, LA NEUVAINE succeeds in presenting simple faith with respect, acknowledging how difficult it is to believe in God in a secular world and in the aftermath of tragedy. When a young man making a pilgrimage of prayer for his dying grandmother encounters a doctor paralyzed by anguish, the interaction leads not to miracles or conversion but to kindness and deep possibilities for hope.

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FRATRICIDE provocatively confronts the burning European question of refugees. The setting is Germany, the people the Kurds. Yilmaz Arslan combines a complex plot about two brothers with scenes of visceral violence as well as a tender picture of caring friendship. His film is both an accusation against racism and neglect and a plea for common humanity and decency.