Awards for 2005

Silver Leopard

WINNER

Fratricide: Eddy Géradon-Luyckx (producer), Donato Rotunno (producer), Eric Tavitian (producer), Yilmaz Arslan (director/producer)

Best First or Second Feature Film

WINNERS


3° kälter: Janine Jackowski (producer), Corinna Mehner (producer), Florian Hoffmeister (director)
ex aequo

Special Prize of the Jury

WINNER

A Perfect Couple: Masa Sawada (producer), Nobuhiro Suwa (director)

Best Director

Short Film

IN-COMPETITION

Nachtnebel: Barbara Schärf (director) (Filmakademie Wien (production company))

Special Mention

WINNERS

Mario's War: Marco Grieco
For his outstanding performance.

Fratricide: Xevat Gectan
For his outstanding performance.

The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
For the visionary athmosphere in the film.

Leopard of Honor

WINNERS



Raimondo Rezzonico Award

WINNER

Special Mention - Video

WINNER

Critics Week Award

WINNER

Gambit: Sabine Gisiger
A well researched classical documentary depicting the tragedy of Seceso three decades ago thus showing us a rare case of personal responsibility as opposed to the continuing exploitation of human beings by multi-national industries.

Critics Week Award - Special Mention

WINNER

My Date with Drew: Jon Gunn, Brian Herzlinger, Brett Winn, Kerry David (Producer)
Because of its exhilarating rhythm, excellent editing, and the joy of those 3 Hollywood fans and their unbelievable quest of a date with Drew Barrymore.

Action Light Award

WINNER

Frohe Ostern: Ulrich Schaffner
For its reflection on society and its overall direction.

Action Light Award - Special Mention

WINNER

Staila crudanta: Pascal Bergamin
For the quality of its directing and the performance of its actors.

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

WINNER

The Novena: Bernard Émond
LA NEUVAINE succeeds in presenting simple faith with respect, acknowledging how difficult it is to believe in God in a secular world and in the aftermath of tragedy. When a young man making a pilgrimage of prayer for his dying grandmother encounters a doctor paralysed by anguish, the interaction leads not to miracles or conversion but to kindness and deep possibilities for hope.

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

WINNER

Fratricide: Yilmaz Arslan
FRATRICIDE provocatively confronts the burning European question of refugees. The setting is Germany, the people the Kurds. Yilmaz Arslan combines a complex plot about two brothers with scenes of visceral violence as well as a tender picture of caring friendship. His film is both an accusation against racism and neglect and a plea for common humanity and decency.

Don Quixote Award

WINNER

A Perfect Day: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
For the sensitivity of the representation of Lebanon today, and the footprints left behind by the war, both for the city and its inhabitants, throughout the metaphor of the oblivious, the absence and the rejection of the social surroundings.

Don Quixote Award - Special Mention

WINNERS

We Are All Fine: Bijan Mir Baqeri
For its enchanting observation of the complex relationships of a family, faced with the need to reaffirm a lost identity, attempts to start a dialogue.

Nine Lives: Rodrigo García
For the originality of its narrative construction and the sensitivity of it characterisation, the interpertation of which is left to the spectator thanks to an implied story.

Netpac Award

WINNER

So Much Rice: Hongqi Li
For showing the increasing absurdity of a society in transition through a minimalist mise en scène.

Netpac Special Jury Award

WINNER

The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey: Ketan Mehta
For the great narrative power and emotion flowing through the strength of a rising nation.

C.I.C.A.E. Award

WINNER

A Perfect Couple: Nobuhiro Suwa
The Jury is happy to announce it unanimous decision to award the CICAE Prize of the International Locarno Film Festival to Japanese filmmaker Nabuhiro Suwa's French Film Un Couple Parfait. This work is a universal reflection on the life of a couple, which is sensitive, complex and far from all clichés (the framework, the lighting, the duration, the actors, the dialogue). Finally, as with all great cinema,the work gives the spectator an active role and freedom of interpretation.

Youth Jury Award

WINNER

Nine Lives: Rodrigo García
For the intensity with which it delves into the women's stories : all different but all similar. Pure emotion heightened by the format of 12 minute shots for each one. A presentation of nine female characters at crucial moments of their existance. We enter the personal lives of these women and exit just as the tension is at its height, to then enter another world. The consequence of these interruptions, ties even more to these stories. The casting is also excellent.

IN-COMPETITION

20 Centimeters: Ramón Salazar
A film, full of energy, refreshing and pleasurable, which tackles important social themes in a light-handed manner. The intertwining of music and comedy conspire to make a mixture of irony and gravity which distance it from known models. The music and choreography give the film a stylish sophistication that backs up the splendid performance by Monica Cervera. The direction reveals a great technical skill.

Fratricide: Yilmaz Arslan
Two young people escape their native Turkey for a better life but come up against the same problems that forced them to leave their native country: principally that of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. The violence that breaks out is not justifiable but also cannot be condemned. The profound message of the film is this : the impossibility to draw a line between what is right and what is wrong. The director puts this complex problem under the lens, without sentimentality and with a sustained rhythm. The non-professional actors understood how to express the pain, pushing the spectator to reflect on these themes.

Youth Jury Award - Special Mention

WINNERS

The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
A stupefying psychological investigation into madness and the desire to possess the life of another. The fantastical setting is imbued with poetic images. An original attempt to transfer «a magical realism » onto the screen through a sophisticated and intriguing symbolism capable of stimulating the imagination of the spectator. The constant obssesion with trying to imprison eternity raises a deep philosophical reflection, sustained with excellent photography constructed out of games of light and colour.

Mirrormask: Dave McKean
For the skill with which the director takes the spectators into an imaginary, fantastical and alternative world. It is a contemporary fairytale loaded with symbolism, which recalls the poetry of the past without becoming nostalgic. All of this is thanks to the fascinating and magic cinematography, designs and music, as well as the excellent performance by Stephanie Leonidas.

Swiss Film Score Award

WINNER

Human Rights Award

WINNER

Little Birds: Takeharu Watai
For the immense courage, intellectual honesty and cinematic strength with which it reveals the absurdity of an unjustified war in which innocent people pay the highest price.

Human Rights Award - Special Mention

WINNERS

Living Rights: Toti, Roy, Yoshi, Lena: Duco Tellegen
For its ability to retell the sadness and pain of childhood with tenderness, simplicity and enthusiasm. Four great cinematic moments, an antidote to sentimental story-telling.

Alive in Limbo: Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Tina Naccache, Erica Marcus
For the simplicity with which the Palestinian tragedy, which started in 1948 and has not ended, is retold. For the cinematic honesty and way in which it managed to capture the desire to have a home, a passport and to return to a native land.

Film and Video Subtitling Award

WINNER

Today 30th November: Mahmood Soliman
For the originality of its narrative construction.

Silver Pardino - Leopards of Tomorrow

New Swiss Talent

WINNER

Slug: Anthony Vouardoux, Tania Zambrano Ovalle
For its caustic humour and its tender vision of childhood.

Africa Competition

WINNER

SA/X: Gilli Apter
For the humour and intelligence with which she tackled the complexity of contemporary South African society.

Golden Pardino - Leopards of Tomorrow

New Swiss Talent

WINNER

Herr Goldstein: Micha Lewinsky
For its humanity and its undeniable technical and artistic quality.

IN-COMPETITION


















Africa Competition

WINNER

L'évangile du cochon créole: Michelange Quay
For its audacity and allegorical force of its proposal.

IN-COMPETITION






















Cinema & Gioventù Jury Prize - Leopards of Tomorrow

Africa Competition

WINNER

Pourquoi?: Sokhna Amar
For the intensity of its message. In this film, the director knew, in a correct and simple manner, how to associate words and images. The choice of fixed camera allowed the sensitivity of the text to speak for itself.

New Swiss Talent

WINNER

Herr Goldstein: Micha Lewinsky
For the sophistication of composition and for how it illustrated the daily life of an elderly person, with simplicity, sensitivity and tenderness. Above all, it touched on the relationship between protagonist and the young nurse, who helped the former to find reason for living right up until the end.

Youth Jury Award - "Environment Is Quality of Life" Prize

WINNER

The Novena: Bernard Émond
Through his two protagonists he contrasts two worlds and two ways of life. On one side, Jeanne is disillusioned by atmosphere of death which follows her and by the austerity of the town. On the other, François, educated by his grandmother, maintains all his religious values and the simplicity linked to his native town. Nature plays a great role in this story. It represents the peace of spirit, the calm that the characters look for and that accompanies them in their pain.

Film and Video Subtitling Award - Special Mention

WINNER

Pourquoi?: Sokhna Amar
For its evocative strength and the intelligence with which it tackles a sensitive subject.

Jury:

Vittorio Storaro: Italy, head of jury
Valerio Adami: Italy, artist
Myles, Lynda: UK
Aparna Sen: India
Schlagman, Richard: UK, publisher

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