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DAILY NEWS: Locarno Winners; Miramax and Majidi

Daily News: Locarno Winners; Miramax and Majidi



by Eugene Hernandez and Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE


>> 54th Locarno Festival Awards Leopards


(indieWIRE/08.13.01) -- The 54th Locarno International Film Festival (Aug 2
- 12) ended Sunday night in Locarno, Switzerland, handing out its most
prestigious award, the Golden Leopard, to Maurizio Sciarra's second feature
"Alla Rivoluzione Sulla Due Cavalli," an Italian entry about three young
friends (an Italian, a Portuguese and a French girl) on a road trip after
Franco's death in 1975. "Alla Rivoluzione" star Andoni Gracia was also
singled out with a Bronze Leopard for Best Actor.


In the 19-film international competition, Silver Leopards were awarded to
Peter Sehr's "Love the Hard Way," an Open City Films production starring Adrien Brody, and Alain Gomis' first feature "L'Afrance," a look at the Senegalese community in Paris. Abolfazl Jalali's "Delbaran," which centers around an inn on the Iran/Afghani border, received a Special Jury Prize for
a film that "best conveys the spirit of communication between people and
culture." A Bronze Leopard for Best Actress was awarded to Korean star Kim
Ho-Jung
in Moon Seung Wook's "Nabi."


Special Mentions were given to John Singleton's "Baby Boy," for its
innovative concept and ensemble acting, Emily Tang's "Conjugation" for its
directing, Dominique Cabrera's "Le Lait de la Tendresse Humaine" for its
ensemble performances, and Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger's UK production, "The Lawless Heart," for its screenplay about the effects of a gay man's
demise on his friends and family.


In Locarno's Video Competition, a Golden Leopard was awarded to veteran
Czech director Jan Nemec's "Late Night Talks With Mother," which was called by the jury "a very passionate film that is imaginative, poetic and moving
on a universal level." A Special Mention went to French newcomer Vincent
Dieutre
's "Bonne Nouvelle."


The international critics organization FIPRESCI singled out Sundance 2001
American Spectrum selection, "Miss Wonton," directing by Meng Ong, stating that the film "charmingly mirrors the meetings of cultures in the New World
and manages to present serious social issues in an attractive and moving
way." They also gave a Lifetime Achievement honor to Peter Bogdonavich, who
was screening his latest work "The Cat's Meow" in Locarno. [Anthony Kaufman]


[For more information and a complete list of winners, visit:
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>> Miramax Acquires Majidi's "Baran"


(indieWIRE/08.13.01) -- Last week, Miramax announced its acquisition of
North American and Italian rights to Iranian director Majid Majidi's
"Baran."


Described in a prepared statement as "a personal comment on the
heartbreaking plight of the misunderstood people of neighboring
Afghanistan," the movie marks Majidi's return to Miramax, who distributed
his 1998 Oscar nominated movie, "Children of Heaven." [Eugene Hernandez]

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