Locarno 2011

By Philip Lee on August 19, 2011
At the 64th Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August), the Ecumenical Jury of SIGNIS and INTERFILM awarded its Prize to the film Vol spécial, directed by Fernand Melgar (Switzerland, 2011). "In his touching and authentic documentary Fernand Melgar leads the audience into the Frambois detention center where ordinary people never go and where hopes and fears of different men culminate. Guards as well as detainees act humanly under inhuman conditions, so the spectator is enabled to see them all as individuals with a family, religion and their own dignity, lacking only justice."
The Jury awarded a Commendation to the film Onder ons, directed by Marco van Geffen (Netherlands, 2011). "Done with considerable craftsmanship this film shows us that the subtle xenophobia of western people, often covered only by a thin layer of cultural conventions, distracts from the fact, that violence and lack of communication are generic issues of the clean and 'well organized' suburbs."
The Jury awarded a second Commendation to the film Abrir puertas y ventanas, directed by Milagros Mumenthaler (Argentina / Switzerland, 2011). "Three different orphan sisters left alone in a beautiful house full of past memories have to cope with becoming an adult. Evoking a dense atmosphere, Mumenthaler shows that there are various, sometimes painful, ways to becoming an individual and that although memory guides us to accept the present, one still has doors and windows to open."

August 19, 2011
Categories:  Cinema|Awards

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