Press Releases  ·  14 | 08 | 2021

The 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival closes this evening with the award winners

The 2021 edition, the first under the artistic direction of Giona A. Nazzaro, ended successfully and awarded the Pardo d’oro to SEPERTI DENDAM, RINDU HARUS DIBAYAR TUNTAS (Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash) di Edwin. Furthermore, to end the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival with a surprise, tonight on the Piazza Grande the great master Dario Argento will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work and his surprising acting in VORTEX by Gaspar Noé this evening in Piazza Grande.

© Locarno Film Festival - Ti-Press - Samuel Golay

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The eleven days of the Festival have brought back the giant screen of the Piazza Grande and revived the unique experience of live cinema. With 209 films and 310 screenings, Locarno audiences were able to encounter the visionary genius of Phil Tippett, the lucid provocations of Gaspar Noé, the eclectic charm of Laetitia Casta, the dazzling imagery of Mamoru Hosoda and of the children of Locarno Kids, and the determination and courage of Gale Anne Hurd. The opening with Beckett and the closing with Respect marks the return of great popular narratives to one of the world's largest open-air venues.   


Concorso internazionale 

 Pardo d’oro, Grand Prize of the Festival of the City of Locarno to the best film 
SEPERTI DENDAM, RINDU HARUS DIBAYAR TUNTAS (Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash) by Edwin, Indonesia / Singapore / Germany 


Special Jury Prize of the Cities of Ascona and Losone 
JIAO MA TANG HUI (A New Old Play) by QIU Jiongjiong, Hong Kong / France 

Pardo for Best Direction of the City and Region of Locarno for the best directed film 
Abel Ferrara for ZEROS AND ONES, Germany / United Kingdom / United States 


Pardo for Best Actress 
Anastasiya Krasovskaya for GERDA by Natalya Kudryashova, Russia 


Pardo for Best Actor 
Mohamed Mellali and Valero Escolar for SIS DIES CORRENTS (The Odd-job Men) by Neus Ballús, Spain 


Special Mentions 
SOUL OF A BEAST by Lorenz Merz, Switzerland 

ESPÍRITU SAGRADO by Chema García Ibarra, Spain / France / Turkey 


 Concorso Cineasti del presente 


Pardo d’oro Concorso Cineasti del presente to the best film 
BROTHERHOOD by Francesco Montagner, Czech Republic / Italy 


Best Emerging Director Award of the City and Region of Locarno 
Hleb Papou for IL LEGIONARIO, Italy / France 


Special Jury Prize Ciné+  
L'ÉTÉ L'ÉTERNITÉ by Émilie Aussel, France 


Pardo for Best Actress 
Saskia Rosendahl for NIEMAND IST BEI DEN KÄLBERN by Sabrina Sarabi, Germany 


Pardo for Best Actor 
Gia Agumava for WET SAND by Elene Naveriani, Switzerland / Georgia 


First Feature 


Swatch First Feature Award  
SHE WILL by Charlotte Colbert, United Kingdom  


Special mention 
AGIA EMI (Holy Emy) by Araceli Lemos, Greece / France / United States  


Pardi di domani 

 Concorso Corti d’autore 


Pardino d’oro Swiss Life for the Best Auteur Short   
CRIATURA (Creature) by María Silvia Esteve, Argentina / Switzerland 


 Concorso internazionale 


Pardino d’oro SRG SSR for the Best International Short Film  
FANTASMA NEON (Neon Phantom) by Leonardo Martinelli, Brazil 


Pardino d’argento SRG SSR for the International Competition  
LES DÉMONS DE DOROTHY (The Demons Of Dorothy) by Alexis Langlois, France 


Pardi di domani Best Direction Prize – BONALUMI Engineering 
Eliane Esther Bots for IN FLOW OF WORDS, Netherlands 


Medien Patent Verwaltung AG Award 
IMUHIRA (Home) by Myriam Uwiragiye Birara, Ruanda 


Special mentions 


Cortometraggio candidato del Locarno Film Festival agli European Film Awards 
IN FLOW OF WORDS by Eliane Esther Bots, Netherlands 


Concorso nazionale 


Pardino d’oro Swiss Life for the Best Swiss Short Film  
CHUTE (Strangers) by Nora Longatti, Switzerland 


Pardino d’argento Swiss Life for the National Competition   
AFTER A ROOM by Naomi Pacifique, United Kingdom / Netherlands / Switzerland 

Best Swiss Newcomer Award 

Flavio Luca Marano and Jumana Issa for ES MUSS (It Must), Switzerland 


Please find the complete PDF list here. 


The evening at Piazza Grande ends with the award ceremony of the Variety Piazza Grande Award and Prix du Public UBS winners and with the screening of the closing film Respect by Liesl Tommy.  


Photos of the official awards are available here.


The 75th Locarno Film Festival will be held from 3 to 13 August 2022.