Locarno Film Festival Ecumenical Prize and Award

Locarno Ecumenical Awards (from www.signis.net) At the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), the Ecumenical Jury gave its Prize - which includes 20.000.- CHFr given by the Catholic Church and the Reformed church in Switzerland to assist distribution of the film in Switzerland - to "LA NEUVAINE" (Canada) directed by Bernard Émond.   "While many explicitly religious films fall short because of too earnest proselytising or alienating aspects of piety, "LA NEUVAINE" succeeds in presenting … [Read more...]

Nine Lives Locarno Film Festival 5

Nine Lives - winner of the Festival's Golden Leopard Award Directed and written by Rodrigo Garcia/ USA A mother cleans the floors of the Los Angeles County jail hoping for an early release and the warden is sympathetic. At all costs she wants to visit with her daughter, but the prison guards are mean and uncaring. A troubled young woman bearing a gun visits her younger sister with the intention of confronting their father for something he has done to her in the past. A divorced wife goes to the … [Read more...]

Locarno Films Part 4

A Perfect Day Directed by Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige/ France, Lebannon, Germany It is present day Beirut. One morning, a young man and his mother go to a lawyer's office to have his father declared legally dead so that they can move on with their lives. He has been missing for about fifteen years, since the civil war. The wife/mother wants her son to stay home with her and mourn the death of their loved one, but he wants to see his girlfriend who is avoiding him and he does not … [Read more...]