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The 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival closes this evening with the award winners

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The 2019 edition, the first under the artistic direction of Lili Hinstin, ended successfully and awarded the Pardo d'oro to VITALINA VARELA by Pedro Costa.

It’s no easy task to single out one moment to encapsulate and tell the story of eleven days of the Festival. Locarno72 brought 246 films and 432 screenings. There was the tenderness of Fredi M. Murer and the true grit of Hilary Swank, the understanding between SONG Kang-ho and BONG Joon-ho and the vision of Claire Atherton, the colourful effervescence of John Waters, and the creative genius of enrico ghezzi. And who can forget an audience of 9,300 packing the Piazza for Quentin Tarantino and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (7500). We witnessed the debut film of Ginevra Elkann (Magari) open the Festival and Kiyoshi Kurosawa round it off with Tabi no owari sekai no hajimari (To the Ends of the Earth).


Concorso internazionale

Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard), Grand Prize of the City of Locarno
VITALINA VARELA by Pedro Costa, Portugal

Premio speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize) of the cities of Ascona and Losone
PA-GO (Height of the Wave) by PARK Jung-bum, South Korea

Pardo per la migliore regia (Leopard for Best Direction) of the City and Region of Locarno
Damien Manivel for LES ENFANTS D’ISADORA, France/South Korea

Pardo per la migliore interpretazione femminile (Leopard for Best Actress)
Vitalina Varela for VITALINA VARELA by Pedro Costa, Portugal

Pardo per la migliore interpretazione maschile (Leopard for Best Actor)
Regis Myrupu for A FEBRE by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France/Germany

Special Mentions
HIRUK-PIKUK SI AL-KISAH (The Science of Fictions) by Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia/Malaysia/France
MATERNAL by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argentina


Concorso Cineasti del presente

Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente (Cineasti del presente Golden Leopard)
BAAMUM NAFI (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia, Senegal

Premio per il migliore regista emergente (Best Emerging Director Award) of the City and Region of Locarno
143 RUE DU DÉSERT by Hassen Ferhani, Algeria/France/Qatar

Premio Speciale della giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente (Special Jury Prize)
IVANA CEA GROAZNICA (Ivana the Terrible) by Ivana Mladenović, Romania/Serbia

Special Mention
HERE FOR LIFE by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson, United Kingdom


Moving Ahead

Moving Ahead Award

Special Mentions
THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER by Jessica Sarah Rinland, United Kingdom/Argentina/Spain
SHĀN ZHĪ BĚI (Osmosis) by ZHOU Tao.

First Feature

Swatch First Feature Award
BAAMUM NAFI (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia, Senegal

Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award
LA PALOMA Y EL LOBO (The Dove and the Wolf) by Carlos Lenin, Mexico

Special Mentions
INSTINCT by Halina Reijn, Netherlands
FI AL-THAWRA (During Revolution) by Maya Khoury, Syria/Sweden


Pardi di domani

Concorso internazionale

Pardino d’oro for the best international short film – Premio SRG SSR
SIYAH GÜNEŞ (Black Sun) by Arda Çiltepe, Turkey/Germany
(Locarno Short Film Candidate for The European Film Awards 2019)

Pardino d’argento SRG SSR for the Pardi di domani International competition
UMBILICAL by Danski Tang, USA

Pardi di domani Best Direction Prize – PIANIFICA
OTPUSK (Leave of Absence) by Anton Sazonov, Russia

Premio Medien Patent Verwaltung AG Prize
WHITE AFRO by Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/USA

Concorso nazionale

Pardino d’oro for the best Swiss short film – Premio Swiss Life
MAMA ROSA by Dejan Barac, Switzerland

Pardino d’argento Swiss Life for the Pardi di domani National competition
TEMPÊTE SILENCIEUSE by Anaïs Moog, Switzerland

Best Swiss Newcomer Prize
TERMINAL by Kim Allamand, Switzerland

Variety Piazza Grande Award
INSTINCT by Halina Reijn, Netherlands

Prix du public UBS
CAMILLE by Boris Lojkine

Please find the complete list in the attached PDF.


The evening at Piazza Grande ends with the official awards ceremony and screening of the closing film Tabi no owari sekai no hajimari (To the Ends of the Earth) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Photos and the PDF of the official awards are available here:

Excerpts of some of the official film selections are available in broadcast and web quality: Filemanager:
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The 73rd Locarno Film Festival will be held from 5 to 15 August 2020.