Lucrecia Martel, Mari Alessandrini Scoop Top Locarno Festival Prizes


Upcoming films from two Argentine filmmakers, Lucrecia Martel’s “Chocobar” and Mari Alessandrini’s “Zahori,” received the highest Pardo 2020 Awards on the Locarno Movie Festival’s The Movies After Tomorrow, its highest-profile competitors, the competition introduced Friday.

Of different main plaudits in The Movies After Tomorrow, a piece highlighting COVID-19-hit productions, “Savagery,” from Portugal’s Miguel Gomes, scooped the strand’s Particular Jury Prize. Its prize for many progressive mission went to “The Material of the Human Physique,” from Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor.

The highest awards – Martel and Alessandrini profitable Pardos for greatest worldwide and Swiss tasks, respectively, which each include SFr 70,000 ($77,000) money prizes – went to film tasks that discover themes of race, or the malpractice of supposedly unimpeachable authority.

Lead produced by Argentina’s Rei Cine, “Chocobar,” a hybrid artistic documentary, sees Martel double down on the historic and cultural context of the assassination in 2007 of indigenous activist Javier Chocobar, which she attributes to “Argentine racism.” “Zahori” traces the bizarre relationship struck on the Patagonian Steppe between a lady, aged 13, from Switzerland’s Ticino, and an aged Mapuche man.

“Savagery” – freely adapting from Euclides da Cunha’s novel, “Insurrection within the Backlands” – recounts the slaughter in 1897 Brazil of the 15,000 mixed-race inhabitants of Canudos, victims of a spiritual cult, by troopers of Brazil’s newly-created Brazilian Republic.

“The Material of the Human Physique” is a doc characteristic on cutting-edge drugs’s doubtful bio-ethics; Raphael Dubach and Mateo Ybarra’s “Lux,” which received a TV promoting marketing campaign value SFr100,000 ($110,000) from Swiss public broadcaster SRG SSR, is one other doc characteristic, a deadpan comedy about an enormous Swiss army train in 2019.

Top prizes within the Pardo di Domani, Locarno’s quick movie part and its principal competition competitors this 12 months, went within the worldwide part to “I Ran From It and Was Nonetheless in It,” wherein L.A.-based filmmaker Darol Olu Kae examines the lack of his father and relocation of his kids whereas portray a broader image of race and household within the U.S.; and, within the Swiss part, to Jonas Ulrich’s “Folks on Saturday,” a take, through a sequence of droll vignettes, on how the Swiss ship their Saturday afternoons. They’re curious people, Ulrich maintains.


Worldwide Choice

Pardo 2020

“Chocobar,” (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, U.S., Denmark, Mexico)

Campari Award

“Savagery,” (Miguel Gomes, Portugal, France, Brazil, China, Greece)

Swatch Award

“Material of the Human Physique,” (Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, France, U.S.)

Swiss Choice

Pardo 2020

“Zahorí,” (Marí Alessandrini, Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, France)


“Lux,” (Raphaël Dubach, Mateo Ybarra, Switzerland)


Worldwide Competitors

Pardino d’oro SSR SRG for the very best worldwide quick movie

“I Ran from It and Was Nonetheless in It,” (Darol Olu Kae, U.S.)

Pardino d’argento SRG SSR, for a global quick movie

“Historical past of Civilization,” (Zhannat Alshanova, Kazakhstan)

Medien Patent Verwaltung Prize

“A Journey to Heaven,” (Linh Duong, Vietnam, Singapore)

Particular Point out

“Life on the Horn,” (Mo Harawe, Somalia, Austria, Germany)

Nationwide Competitors 

Pardino d’oro Swiss Life, greatest Swiss quick movie

“Folks on Saturday,” (Jonas Ulrich, Switzerland)

(Locarno Quick Movie Candidate for the European Movie Awards)

Pardino d’argento Swiss Life, for a Swiss quick movie

“Black Gap,” (Tristan Aymon, Switzerland)

Finest Swiss Newcomer Prize

“Salmon Males,” (Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger, Joel Hofmann, Switzerland)


The Movies After Tomorrow Youth Jury

Finest Worldwide Undertaking

“Cidade;Campo,”  (Juliana Rojas, Brazil)

Award to the very best Swiss mission

“Azor,” (Andreas Fontana, Switzerland, France, Argentina)

Setting Is High quality of Life Prize

“Eureka,” (Lisandro Alonso, France, Portugal, Germany, Argentina, Mexico)

Pardi di Domani Youth Jury

Finest Worldwide Quick Movie

“Purple Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing on the Nonetheless Trembling Berlin Wall,” (Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke, Thailand)

Finest Swiss quick movie

“Black Gap,” (Tristan Aymon, Switzerland)

Open Doorways Screenings Youth Jury

Quick Movies

Finest Quick Movie

“A Reward,” (Aditya Ahmad, Indonesia)

Particular Point out

“Liar Land,” (Ananth Subramaniam, Malaysia)

Function Movies

Setting Is High quality of Life Prize, Finest Function Movie

“Promote Out!,” (Yeo Joon Han, Malaysia)

Particular Point out

“Conflict,” (Pepe Diokno, Philippines)


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