Locarno Winners, Toronto Spotlight, and
Compiled by Eugene Hernandez
>> Locarno Festival Names Winners
The Locarno Film Festival concluded over the weekend with the
presentation of top prizes. The festival's grand prize, The Golden
Leopard, went to the Chinese film "Zhao Xiansheng" (Mr. Zhao) by
Lu Yue. While the second prize, The Silver Leopard, was awarded to
Iranian Abolfazi Jalili's "Raghs-E-Khak" (Dance of Dust). A Silver
Leopard for Young Cinema was presented to "Beshkempir" by Aktan
Abdikalikov. Special Bronze Leopard jury prizes were awarded to Rossy
de Palma for her performance in the French film, "Hors Jeu" (Foul Play)
and actors Mehmet Kurtulus, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Adam Bousdoukos
for their performances in "Kurz und Schmerzlos" from Germany.
Jurors also recognized a film that divided them, explaing, "Half of the
jury would like to call attention to SOMBRE (Dark) by Philippe Grandrieux
(France). The film divided the jurors, and provoked our most heated
discussions. Our jury split between those who were morally offended by
the film and those who saw a purpose in its darkness, and in the strength
of its mis-en-scène and image."
>> Darezhan Omirbaev Spolighted in Toronto
The 1998 Toronto Film Festival will recognize the work of Kazakhstan
director Darezhan Omirbaev by showasing the filmmaer in the Director's
Spotlight, according to Variety. The Hollywood trade reported that the festival
will screen Omirbaev's "Cardiogram," "July," "Kairat" and "Killer." The festival
also announced that it will debut Roger Plancon's new film, "Lautrec,"
according to Variety.
>> WorldFest Going to Arizona
WorldFest-Charleston will be relocating to Flagstaff, Arizona this fall,
creating WorldFest-Flagstaff. Set to run from November 13-22, 1998, the
fest plans to premiere 40 US and foreign features and 60-plus shorts during
the 10 days. In addition, plans call for the festival to hold six video and
film production seminars. Besides US premieres, the festival announced
that it will also focus on films from Mexico, Australia, Canada and France.