68th Festival del film Locarno

05.08.2015 to 15.08.2015
Locarno

 

Jigeumeun matgo geuttaeneun teullida (Right Now, Wrong Then) by Hong Sang-soo, South Corea, is the winner of the Golden Leopard of the Film Festival Locarno 2015. The Ecumenical Jury awarded a Commendation to the film, giving its main prize to Ma dar behesht (Paradise) by Sina Ataeian Dena from Iran and a second Commendation to Bella e perduta directed by Italian director Pietro Marcello which also received the Prize of the Youth Jury. Several prizes were also awarded to the Israeli competition entry Tikkun which was honoured by the Special Jury Prize, a Special Mention for its cinematography and the Prize of the FICC Jury.

Giving a home to cinema - that is what Locarno should aim at, festival director Carlo Chatrian said in the introduction to this year's festival catalogue. Famous for its public screenings at the Piazza Grande, the festival this years screened new films from Otar Iosseliani, Chantal Akerman, Andrej Zulawski, and Athina Rachel Tsangari, among others. Marco Bellocchio and Michael Cimino were acknowledged with honorary awards (Pardo d'onore), whereas the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico dedicated to producers was awarded to Office Kitano, the production company of Takeshi Kitano.

Ecumenical Service

At the Festival Sunday, August 9 at 11:15, the Council of Christian Churches in Ticino organized an ecumenical service in the baroque church of Santa Maria Assunta ("Chiesa Nuova"). Representatives of numerous churches joined the event, including those of the Syrian Orthodox Church which embraces quite a number of members in Ticino. The sermon was held  by the bishop of the Old Catholic Church of Switzerland, Rev. Dr. Harald Rein, who is currently also President of the Council of Christian Churches in Switzerland. During the subsequent reception in the small cloister of the church festivaliers and church members had the opportunity to meet the members of the Ecumenical Jury.

Link: Festival homepage

Awards

Paradise
Directed by:
2015

A strong and courageous Iranian film about the daily life of Hanieh, a young female teacher working in primary school in Teheran’s southern suburbs. Thanks to spare moments of freedom one can experience a sense of hope despite the oppressive conditions Iranian women have to endure.

Lost and Beautiful
Directed by:
2015

A prophetic tale about a true story on respect and care of our “common house”. Not only a political statement, but also a poetic experience.

Right Now, Wrong Then
Directed by:
2015

A film about love, honesty, integrity and the courage to go beyond social barriers. With tender humour it shows how small variations open up wider possibilities.

More about the festival

Ola Sigurdson, member of the Ecumenical Jury Locarno 2015, reports about his experiences as film juror.