The edition 2019 of the Locarno Film Festival has just ended . And to triumph with the Pardo d'oro was Vitalina Varela di Pedro Costa , a drama set in Portugal that follows the story of a woman from Cape Verde travels to Lisbon for her husband's funeral, arriving at her destination when it has already been celebrated. Everyone tells her to go home, but she – who has waited for that journey for life – decides to stay and mourn. The film also won the Pardo for the best female interpretation assigned to the protagonist Vitalina Varela . A triumph in the male category was Regis Myrupu for A Febre of Maya Da-Rin .

Il Special Jury Prize went instead to Pa-Go of Park Jung-bum , while obtaining the Pardo for the best direction was Damien Manivel for Les Enfants d'Isadora . Special mention for Hiruk-Pikuk Si Al-Kisah of Yosep Anggi Noen and for Italian Maternal of Maura Delpero .

Among the guests who participated in this edition, names like Hilary Swank , awarded with Leopard Club Award 2019 , and the cult filmmaker John Waters , which will instead be awarded the Pardo d'onore Manor

Here is the complete list of winners:

International competition

Golden Leopard (Festival Grand Prize) – City of Locarno
VITALINA VARELA by Pedro Costa, Portugal

Special Jury Prize – Municipalities of Ascona and Losone
PA-GO
(Height of the Wave) by PARK Jung-bum, South Korea

Leopard for the best direction – City and Region of Locarno
Damien Manivel
for LES ENFANTS D’ISADORA , France / South Korea

Pardo for the best female interpretation
Vitalina Varela
for VITALINA VARELA by Pedro Costa, Portugal

Pardo for the best male interpretation
Regis Myrupu
for IN FEBRUARY by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil / France / Germany

Special mention
HIRUK-PIKUK SI AL-KISAH
(The Science of Fictions) by Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia / Malaysia / France
MATERNAL by Maura Delpero, Italy / Argentina

Competition Filmmakers of the present

Golden Leopard Filmmakers of the present
BAAMUM NAFI (Nafi’s Father)
by Mamadou Dia, Senegal

Award for best emerging director – Locarno and Region of Locarno
143 RUE DU DÉSERT
by Hassen Ferhani, Algeria / France /Qatar

Special Prize of the Ciné jury Filmmakers of the present
IVANA CEA GROAZNICA (Ivana The Terrible)
of Ivana Mladenović, Romania / Serbia

Special mention
HERE FOR LIFE
by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson, Great Britain

Moving Ahead

Moving Ahead Award
THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (SINGLE CHANNEL)
by Ja’Tovia M. Gary, United States / France

Special Mentions
THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER by Jessica Sarah Rinland, Great Britain / Argentina / Spain
SHĀN ZHĪ BĚI (Osmosis) from ZHOU Tao, China

First Feature

Swatch First Feature Award (Award for best first feature)
BAAMUM NAFI (Nafi’s Father)
by Mamadou Dia, Senegal

Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award
THE PALOMA Y EL LOBO (The Dove and the Wolf)
by Carlos Lenin, Mexico

Special mention
INSTINCT
by Halina Reijn, Netherlands
FI AL-THAWRA (During Revolution) by Maya Khoury, Syria / Sweden

Leopards of tomorrow International competition

Pardino d'oro for the best international short film – SRG SSR Award
SIYAH GÜNEŞ (Black Sun)
by Arda Çiltepe, Turkey / Germany

Silver Pardino SRG SSR for the International Competition
UMBILICAL
from Danski Tang, United States

Award for best direction Pardi di domani
PLAN OTPUSK (Leave of Absence)
by Anton Sazonov, Russia

Medien Patent Verwaltung Award
AG WHITE AFRO
of Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana / United States

Pardino d'oro national competition for the best Swiss short film – Swiss Life Award
MAMA ROSA
by Dejan Barac, Switzerland

Silver Pardino Swiss Life for the National Competition
TEMPÊTE SILENCIEUSE
by Anaïs Moog, Switzerland

Award for the best Swiss hope
TERMINAL
by Kim Allamand, Switzerland

Variety Piazza Grande Award
INSTINCT
by Halina Reijn, Netherlands

Source: Locarno

The article Locarno Film Festival 2019: Golden Leopard in Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa. The list of winners comes from Best Movie .

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