Lucrecia Martel, Mari Alessandrini, Miguel Gomes win at Locarno Film Festival

The Prado award winners of the Locarno Film Festival, Mari Alessandrini and Lucrecia Martini

Lucrecia Martel, Mari Alessandrini, Miguel Gomes win at Locarno Film Festival

Two Argentine filmmakers, Lucrecia Martel’s “Chocobar” and Mari Alessandrini’s “Zahori,” films explore the theme race, won the top Pardo 2020 Awards at the Locarno Film Festival competition. Both the films were chosen for the top prize in the category ‘The Films after Tomorrow’, a competition section highlight Covid-19-hit productions. The jury comprised of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Alina Marazzi and Matías Piñeiro picked the winners.
In the same category of ‘The Films After Tomorrow’ Portugal director Miguel Gomes ‘Savagery’ won the Special Jury Prize. Its prize for most innovative project went to “The Fabric of the Human Body,” from Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor.

The top awards – Martel and Alessandrini winning Pardos for best international and Swiss projects, respectively, which both come with SFr 70,000 ($77,000) cash prizes – went to movie projects that explore themes of race, or the malpractice of supposedly unimpeachable authority.
“Chocobar,” a hybrid creative documentary, sees Martel searches the historical and cultural context of the assassination in 2007 of indigenous activist Javier Chocobar, which she attributes to “Argentine racism.” In the film “Zahori”, director Mari Alessandrini traces the unusual relationship struck on the Patagonian Steppe between a girl, aged 13, from Switzerland’s Ticino, and an aged Mapuche man.

Savagery” – freely adapting from Euclides da Cunha’s novel, “Rebellion in the Backlands” – recounts the slaughter in 1897 Brazil of the 15,000 mixed-race inhabitants of Canudos, victims of a religious cult, by soldiers of Brazil’s newly-created Brazilian Republic. “The Fabric of the Human Body” is a doc feature on cutting-edge medicine’s dubious bio-ethics; Raphael Dubach and Mateo Ybarra’s “Lux,” which won a TV advertising campaign worth SFr100,000 ($110,000) from Swiss public broadcaster SRG SSR, is another doc feature, a deadpan comedy about a huge Swiss military exercise in 2019.

Top prizes in the Pardo di Domani, Locarno’s international short film competition section won by “I Ran From It and Was Still in It,” in which L.A.-based filmmaker Darol Olu Kae examines the loss of his father and relocation of his children while painting a broader picture of race and family in the U.S.; and, in the Swiss section, to Jonas Ulrich’s “People on Saturday,” a take, via a series of droll vignettes, on how the Swiss send their Saturday afternoons. They are curious folk, Ulrich maintains.
International Selection
Pardo 2020
“Chocobar,” (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, U.S., Denmark, Mexico)
Campari Award
“Savagery,” (Miguel Gomes, Portugal, France, Brazil, China, Greece)
Swatch Award
“Fabric of the Human Body,” (Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, France, U.S.)
Swiss Selection
Pardo 2020
“Zahorí,” (Marí Alessandrini, Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, France)
“Lux,” (Raphaël Dubach, Mateo Ybarra, Switzerland)


International Competition

Pardino d’oro SSR SRG for the best international short film

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

Pardino d’argento SRG SSR, for an international short film

“History of Civilization,” (Zhannat Alshanova, Kazakhstan)

Medien Patent Verwaltung Prize

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

Special Mention

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

National Competition

Pardino d’oro Swiss Life, best Swiss short film

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

(Locarno Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards)

Pardino d’argento Swiss Life, for a Swiss short film

“Black Hole,” (Tristan Aymon, Switzerland)

Best Swiss Newcomer Prize

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


The Films After Tomorrow Youth Jury

Best International Project

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

Award to the best Swiss project

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

Environment Is Quality of Life Prize

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

Pardi di Domani Youth Jury

Best International Short Film

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

Best Swiss short film

“Black Hole,” (Tristan Aymon, Switzerland)

Open Doors Screenings Youth Jury

Short Films

Best Short Film

“A Gift,” (Aditya Ahmad, Indonesia)

Special Mention

“Liar Land,” (Ananth Subramaniam, Malaysia)

Feature Films

Environment Is Quality of Life Prize, Best Feature Film

“Sell Out!,” (Yeo Joon Han, Malaysia)

Special Mention

“Clash,” (Pepe Diokno, Philippines)