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Locarno: Antoinette Boulat and Elsa Pharaon Win First European Casting Director Award

7 August 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno, Switzerland — The Locarno Film Festival’s innovative European Casting Director Award has spawned its first winner(s): France’s Antoinette Boulat and Elsa Pharaon for discovering first-timer Rod Paradot and casting him as the lead in Emmanuelle Bercot’s 2015 Cannes opening film “Standing Tall.”

Paradot’s performance as a turbulent teenager who repeatedly winds up in detention centers has drawn critical praise and scored him prizes as most promising French actor at both France’s Cesar and Lumiere awards this year.

The jury was made up by Swiss director Ursula Meier (“Sister”); prominent German producer Peter Rommel (“Wetlands”); and French actress Clotilde Courau (“In the Shadow of Women”).

Locarno’s new European casting director prize breaks new ground because there are virtually no nods for this key industry category within the global film community. Requests for a casting directors’ Oscar in the U.S. have fallen on deaf »

- Nick Vivarelli

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