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Locarno Film Festival 2018 Awards: ‘A Land Imagined’ Takes Home the Golden Leopard

"Too Late to Die Young" helmer Dominga Sotomayor won Best Director.

A Land Imagined Locarno

Luna Kwok (L) and Siew Hua Yeo pose with the Pardo d’oro

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The 71st Locarno Film Festival has come to a close, with Singaporean director Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined” taking home the coveted Golden Leopard. Joining him on awards night was Dominga Sotomayor, whose “Thursday Till Sunday” follow-up “Too Late to Die Young” earned her Best Director laurels; the 14-hour “La Flor,” however, was not similarly honored.

Carlo Chatrian, who just served his sixth and final year as Artistic Director, said that “Locarno71 was a rich and diversified edition, just as it is in the tradition of a festival which is not afraid to approach extremes and to combine a smile with reflection. The guests who brought their experience and congeniality, were joined by new ideas that were well received.”

Here’s the full list of winners:

Concorso internazionale

Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard)
A LAND IMAGINED by YEO Siew Hua, Singapore / France / The Netherlands

Premio Speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize)
M by Yolande Zauberman, France

Pardo per la miglior regia (Leopard for Best Direction)
TARDE PARA MORIR JOVEN by Dominga Sotomayor, Chile / Brazil / Argentina / The Netherlands / Qatar

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile (Pardo for Best Actress)
Andra Guți for ALICE T. by Radu Muntean, Romania / France / Sweden

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione maschile (Pardo for Best Actor)
KI Joobong for GANGBYUN HOTEL (Hotel by the River) by HONG Sangsoo, South Korea

Special Mention
RAY & LIZ by Richard Billingham, United Kingdom

Concorso Cineasti del presente

Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente for the best film
CHAOS by Sara Fattahi, Austria / Syria / Lebanon / Qatar

Premio per il miglior regista emergente – Città e Regione di Locarno (Prize for the Best Emerging Director)
DEAD HORSE NEBULA by Tarık Aktaş, Turkey

Premio Speciale della Giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente (Special Jury Prize)
CLOSING TIME by Nicole Vögele, Switzerland / Germany

Special Mentions
FAUSTO by Andrea Bussmann, Mexico / Canada
Rose, character of L’ÉPOQUE by Matthieu Bareyre, France

Signs of Life

Signs of Life Award ELECTRONIC-ART.FOUNDATION to the Best Film
HAI SHANG CHENG SHI (The Fragile House) by LIN Zi, China

Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award
LE DISCOURS D’ACCEPTATION GLORIEUX DE NICOLAS CHAUVIN by Benjamin Crotty, France

First Feature

Swatch First Feature Award (Prize for Best First Feature)
ALLES IST GUT by Eva Trobisch, Germany

Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award
RŪGŠTUS MIŠKAS (Acid Forest) by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Lithuania

Special Mention
TIRSS, RIHLAT ALSOO’OUD ILA ALMAR’I (Erased, Ascent of the Invisible) by Ghassan Halwani, Lebanon

Concorso internazionale

Pardino d’oro for the Best International Short Film – Premio SRG SSR
D’UN CHÂTEAU L’AUTRE by Emmanuel Marre, Belgium / France

Pardino d’argento SRG SSR for the Concorso Internazionale
HEART OF HUNGER by Bernardo Zanotta, The Netherlands

Pardi di domani Best Direction Prize – PIANIFICA
EL LABERINTO by Laura Huertas Millán, France / Columbia / USA

Medien Patent Verwaltung AG Award
JE SORS ACHETER DES CIGARETTES by Osman Cerfon, France

Special Mention
LA MÁXIMA LONGITUD DE UN PUENTE by Simón Vélez, Columbia / Argentina

Concorso nazionale

Pardino d’oro for the Best Swiss Short Film – Premio Swiss Life
LOS QUE DESEAN by Elena López Riera, Switzerland / Spain
(Locarno Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards 2018)

Pardino d’argento Swiss Life for the Concorso nazionale
ABIGAÏL by Magdalena Froger, Switzerland

Best Swiss Newcomer Award
ICI LE CHEMIN DES ÂNES by Lou Rambert Preiss, Switzerland

Prix du Public UBS
BLACKKKLANSMAN by Spike Lee, USA

Variety Piazza Grande Award
LE VENT TOURNE by Bettina Oberli, Switzerland, France

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