Girl wins the Golden Eye at Zurich Film Festival
- Young Belgian director Lukas Dhont seduces the international festival competition jury with his very powerful first film
Already awarded with the Caméra d'Or and Acting Award in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, Girl [+see also:
interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile], the first film by Lukas Dhont, belongs to the more than welcome wave of films dedicated to transgender characters, addressing the issue in a way that is anything but conventional or even worse, stereotypical.
The "girl" in Lukas Dhont’s film (Lara in the film) is a girl born a boy, willing to do anything to achieve her dream of becoming a classical dancer. A story and performance that couldn't not seduce the international jury at Zurich Film Festival (now in its 14th edition), presided over by the producer Gabriella Tana, and comprised of Hong Kong director and producer Ann Hui, the English actor Max Irons and the American director and screenplay writer Ana Lily Amirpour. The jury also decided to give a special mention to the French film Scheherazade [+see also:
film profile] by Jean-Bernard Marlin, which transports us into the turbulent daily lives of a group of young people living in a poor area of Marseille.
Heartbound [+see also:
film profile] by Janus Metz and Sine Plambech (Denmark/Sweden/the Netherlands) won the Golden Eye in the International Documentary competition. The film offers a touching and lucid look at intercultural relationships (between Thailand and Denmark) in search of love, security and financial stability. A special mention went to the American film Minding The Gap by Bing Liu in the same section.
As for the Swiss films presented at Zurich Film Festival: Midnight Runner by Hannes Baumgartner received a special mention in the Focus on: Switzerland, Germany and Austria section (tied with Welcome To Sodom [+see also:
film profile] by Florian Weigensamer and Christian Krönes), while the Austrian film L'animale [+see also:
interview: Katharina Mückstein
film profile] by Katharina Mückstein scooped up the main award. The Swiss Encouragement Award went to the contemplative film Walden [+see also:
film profile] by Daniel Zimmermann.
The Danish film The Guilty [+see also:
interview: Gustav Möller
film profile] by Gustav Möller won the Film Critics’ Award, while Cold November [+see also:
interview: Ismet Sijarina
film profile] (Kosovo/Albania/Macedonia)by Ismet Sijarina, received the Audience Award.
International Feature Film Competition
International Documentary Competition
Mind The Gap - Bing Liu (USA)
Focus on: Switzerland, Germany, Austria
Children’s Section Audience Award
Raloul Taburin - Pierre Godeau (France/Belgium)
Treatment Competition Award
C.O.D.A. – Child Of Deaf Adults - Maurizius Staerkle Drux, Lenz Baumann (Switzerland)
(Translated from Italian)
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