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Locarno Fest Fetes "Back to Stay" & "Best Intentions" in Weekend Awards

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire August 15, 2011 at 3:08AM

Argentine/Swiss production "Abrir Puertas Y Ventanas" (Back to Stay) won the golden leopard at the Locarno Film Festival over the weekend, capping the ten day event. Japanese director Shinji Aoyama received a special golden leopard in recognition of his career and for his film, "Tokyo Koen," while Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid received a special prize for "Hashoter" (Policeman).
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Argentine/Swiss production "Abrir Puertas Y Ventanas" (Back to Stay) won the golden leopard at the Locarno Film Festival over the weekend, capping the ten day event. Japanese director Shinji Aoyama received a special golden leopard in recognition of his career and for his film, "Tokyo Koen," while Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid received a special prize for "Hashoter" (Policeman).

Adrian Sitaru received the best director prize for "Din Dragoste cu Cele Main Bune Intentii" (Best Intentions). The film's star, Bogdan Dumitrache was honored with the best actor nod, while "Abrir Puertas Y Ventanas" actress María Canale took best actress.

The list of Locarno winners with information and credits provided by the festival:

Concorso internazionale

Pardo d’oro: "Abrir Puertas Y Ventanas" (Back to Stay) by Milagros Mumenthaler, Argentina/Switzerland

Pardo d’oro speciale della giuria: Shinji Aoyama for the film "Tokyo Koen" and his outstanding career

Premio speciale della giuria: "Hashoter" (Policeman) by Nadav Lapid, Israel

Pardo per la migliore regia (Best Director): Adrian Sitaru for "Din Dragoste cu Cele Main Bune Intentii" (Best Intentions), Romania/Hungary

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile (Best Actress): María Canale in "Abrir Puertas Y Ventanas" (Back to Stay) by Milagros Mumenthaler, Argentina/Switzerland

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione maschile (Best Actor): Bogdan Dumitrache in "Din Dragoste cu Cele Main Bune Intentii" (Best Intentions) by Adrian Sitaru, Romania/Hungary

Special Mention: "Un Amour de Jeunesse" (Goodbye First Love) by Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany

Concorso Cineasti del presente

Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente - Premio George Foundation
"L'Estate di Giacomo" by Alessandro Comodin, Italy/France/Belgium

Premio speciale della giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente
"El Estudiante" (The Student) by Santiago Mitre, Argentina

Special Mention:
"It’s the Earth Not the Moon" by Gonçalo Tocha, Portugal

Opera Prima
Pardo per la migliore opera prima (Best First Film): "Nana" by Valérie Massadian, France

Pardi di domani
Concorso internazionale
Pardino d’oro for the Best International Short Film: "Rauschgift" (Addicted) by Peter Baranowski, Germany

Pardino d’argento: "Les Enfants de la Nuit" by Caroline Deruas, France

Special Mention: Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" by Juliano Dornelles, Brésil

Locarno short film nominee for the European Film Awards - Pianifica Prize: "Frozen Stories" by Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Poland

The Film und Video Untertitelung Prize: "Liberdade" by Gabriel Abrantes and Benjamin Crotty, Portugal

Concorso nazionale

Pardino d’oro for the Best Swiss Short Film: "The Ambassador & Me" by Jan Czarlewski

Pardino d’argento: The Girls’ Grave" by Carmen Jaquier

Premio Action Light for the Best Swiss Newcomer: "Another Game" by Jean Guillaume Sonnier

Prix du Public UBS: "Monsieur Lazhar" by Philippe Falardeau, Canada

Variety Piazza Grande Award: "Monsieur Lazhar" by Philippe Falardeau, Canada

This article is related to: Festivals, Locarno International Film Festival