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«A girl from nowhere» - the winner of the 65th Locarno International Film Festival

The final results of the anniversary 65th International Film Festival in Locarno

IFF official site announced on Sunday that the top prize of the 65th International Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland - Golden Leopard and 90 thousands of Swiss francs - was awarded to the film «A girl from nowhere» by French director Jean-Claude Brisseau.  

65th Locarno Festival took place from 1 to 11 of August. This year 19 films competed for the top prize, 13 of which were world premiers. The festival jury was lead by a Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who won Golden Palm Award at Cannes in 2010 for his film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”.

The film tells a story of a retired math teacher Michel (Jean-Claude Brisseau) who has lived alone since his wife’s death and occupies his time by writing an essay. One day he comes across Dora, a young homeless woman, who shows up injured on his doorstep, and puts her up until she recovers. Her presence brings something new to Michel’s life, but gradually the apartment becomes the site of mysterious happenings. This film was called the most intriguing in the festival. «A girl from nowhere» had a low budget of 62 thousand Euros and was sponsored by the director himself. It was filmed in Brisseau’s apartment using only one camera.

“I made this film only because Virginie Legeay insisted”, - said the director at the Awards Ceremony. 

American comedy of Bob Byington “Somebody Up There Likes Me” received a Special Jury Award. Walter Saabel won Best Actor Award for the Austrian film “The Shine of Day”.

The film of Chinese director Ying Liang “When Night Falls” was awarded twice - Best Director and Best Actress. This film is about a mother of a murderer that awaits and prepares to meet her son. The true story of a man, who killed six Shanghai policemen after suffering police beatings as a punishment for riding an unlicensed bicycle. 

The second best prize of the festival – “Filmmakers of the present” – was awarded to director Pedro González-Rubio for Japanese film “Inori”. Best Director Award went to American Joel Potrykus for the film Ape. Special Jury Prize was received by Nony Geffen for Israeli film “Not in Tel Aviv”.