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Festival awards in short

International competition:

Golden Leopard: Abrir puertas y ventanas (Back to Stay)

Best Director: Adrian Sitaru, Din Dragoste cu cele mai bune intenti (Best Intentions)

Best Actress: Maria Canale, Abrir puertas y ventanas

Best Actor: Bogdan Dumitrache, Din Dragoste cu cele mai bune intenti

Special Jury Prize: Tokyo Koen

Special Mention Award: Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love)

Other major awards:

Fipresci Best Film: Abrir puertas y ventanas

Ecumenical Prize: Vol Spécial (Special Flight)

Prix du Public UBS: Bachir Lazhar

Variety magazine’s Piazza Grande award: Bachir Lazhar

Filmmaker of Today: Alessandro Comodin’s L’Estate di Giacomo

Best First Film: Valérie Massadian’s Nana

Filmmaker of Tomorrow, Best International Short Film: Rauschgift (Addicted) by Peter Baranowski

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About this blog

swissinfo’s Jessica Dacey is in Locarno to count down the final hours of the Film Festival.

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Festival in numbers

The 64th Locarno Film Festival ran from August 3-13.

260 works were being shown: around 200 films and around 60 short films and including around 40 world premieres. 32 works were Swiss.


20 films were in the international competition, including 14 world premieres and three first works.

4 lifetime awards: Harrison Ford, Claudia Cardinale, Claude Goretta and Bruno Ganz; 3 special awards: Leopard of Honour to Abel Ferrara, Excellence Award to Isabelle Huppert, Best Independent Producer Award (Premio Raimondo Rezzonico) to Mike Medavoy.

It’s the second festival for director Olivier Père. Before that he was managing director of the Directors’ Fortnight, a prestigious independent section of the Cannes Film Festival.

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