The Girl From Nowhere wins Locarno's Golden Leopard honour

MUMBAI: Jean-Claude Brisseau‘s low-budget and self-financed self-discovery drama La fille de nulle part (The Girl From Nowhere) won a cash award that came along with Locarno‘s prestigious Golden Leopard honor.

While Bob Byington‘s comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me won the special jury prize, the Cate Shortland‘s war drama Lore won the honour as the best film to screen at the fest.

Chinese director Liang Ying‘s Wo Hai You Hua Yao Shuo (When Night Falls), the true story of a man who killed six Shanghai policemen after being beaten for riding an unlicensed bike, was the only film to win two major awards: one for Liang as best director and one for Best Actress for An Nai, who played the killer‘s mother.

Walter Saabel won the award as Best Actor for his role in Der glanz des tages, while Camille Redouble (Camille Rewinds), a story about a middle-aged woman who mysteriously falls back in time to her high-school days from Noemie Lvovsky, won the Piazza Grande Award for films that screened in Locarno‘s main square. Lvovsky, who is a member of the main jury that awarded the prize to Brisseau‘s La fille de nulle part, directed and starred in her film.

Jury president, Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul described the film as "bold and entertaining."

Among the festival‘s other awards, the main jury made a special mention of the character Candy, played by Cindy Scrash, in A ultima vez que vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macau) from Jo?o Rui Guerra da Mata and Jo?o Pedro Rodrigues. The jury applauded her "powerful presence through absence, which resonated."

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