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Aug122017

Locarno Winners: Huppert, The Big Sick, and More...

by Nathaniel R

Isabelle Huppert as "Madame Hyde"

The Locarno Film Festival wrapped up today in Switzerland and guess who's back for yet more film honors? Isabelle Huppert, that's who! In the new French film Madame Hyde she plays an eccentric teacher who is struck by lightning. When she wakes she, well, the title will probably cue you in to her sudden split personality. The sleeper hit/romantic comedy The Big Sick also took a big prize. The Awards are after the jump...

International
Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper) was President of the main competition jury

The Danish film "Vinterbrødre" follows a violent feud that erupts between brothers

Grand Prize Mrs Fang (China/France/Germany) directed by Wang Bing
Best Director FJ Ossang for 9 Fingers (France/Portugal)
Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert for Madame Hyde (France/Belgium)
Best Actor Elliott Crosset Hove for Winter Brothers (Denmark/Iceland)
Special Jury Prize Good Manners (Brazil) directed by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas

Random Non Jury Prizes
Prix du Public UBS The Big Sick (USA) 
Variety Piazza Grande Award Drei Zinnen (Germany/Italy) by Jan Zabeil

Cineasti del presente
Yousry Nasrallah an Egyptian filmmaker was the president of this sidebar jury

A Bulgarian family spends their last summer together as the daughter prepares for a big audition abroad in "3/4"

Pardo d'Oro 3/4 (Bulgaria/Germany) directed by Ilian Metev
Special Jury Prize Milla (France/Portugal) directed by Valerie Massadian
Prize for Emerging Director Kim Dae-hwan for The First Lap (South Korea)
Special Mention [tie] Distant Constellation (US/Turkey/Netherlands) by Shevan Mizrahi and Verao Danado (Portugal) by Pedro Cabeleira

Signs of Life
This jury did not seem to have a president as it was just three people wide: Chris Fujiwara (film critic and programmer in Japan), Jordan Cronk (film critic and programmer in USA), and Maria Bonsanti (programmer  Italy)

Best Film Cocote (Dominican Republic/Argentina) by Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias
Mantarayya Award Dane Komljen for Phantasiesätze (Germany/Denmark)
Special Mention Era Uma Vez Brasília (Brazil/Portugal) by Adirley Queirós

First Feature
Another small jury with Clarence Tsui (film critic Hong Kong), Birgit Kohler (programmer Germany), and Diego Batlle (journalist Argentina)

A housewife is ready to pursue a repressed dream in "Scary Mother"

Best First Feature Scary Mother (Georgia) by Ana Urushadze
Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award Meteors (Netherlands/Turkey) by Gürcan Keltek
Special Mention Those Who Are Fine (Switzerland) by Cyril Schäublin

Pardi di domani
Sabine Azéma an actress from France was the president of this jury

Best International Short António e Catarina (Portugal) by Cristina Hanes
Pardino d'Argento Shmama (Israel) by Miki Polonski
Locarno Nomination for EFA Jeunes Hommes á la Fenêtre (France) by Loukianos Moshonas
Medien Patent Verwaltung Award Kapitalists (Belgium/France) by Pablo Muñoz Gomez
Best Swiss Short Rewind Forward (Switzerland) by Justin Stoneham
Pardino d'Argento 59 Secondes (Switzerland) by Mauro Carraro
Best Swiss Newcomer Les Intraquilles (Switzerland) by Magdalena Froger

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Reader Comments (6)

Vai Brasil!

August 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBoy Piranha

I just heard about Madame Hyde with NYFF, but Isabelle Huppert as a female version of that character feels like the best casting ever.

August 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

I've never heard about this project before, but the mere idea of Huppert playing this role feels like heaven.

Could she ever be stopped? The fact that she's already winning prizes AGAIN indicates that it may crossover? Only Adjani, Loren and Cotillard got two nominations in foreign language movies, right? Back to back nominations for Huppert may seem impossible, but Huppert as Ms Hyde already sounds like it's own reward.

August 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Huppert for Oscar gets my vote:)

August 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJans

So happy to hear of Huppert's win for Serge Bozon's Madame Hyde. Early buzz of the film was a bit mixed: Bozon's idiosyncratic storytelling approach and deconstruction of genre had critics divided. But the one undisputed consensus is la reine Isabelle's slayage as the title character.

Although her name in the film is Marie Géquil which rhymes with Jekyll, a lot of reviews mentioned that Bozon's adaptation of R L Stevenson's story was loose. Very loose. But imagining Huppert doing this role is already mindblowing. Hope this film gets attention everywhere (and she frankly does not need an Oscar nomination for validation, yes?). But if not, I like that Huppert just continues to perform excellently and prolifically and with a different film collaborator each time.

August 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

@cal roth .. Liv Ullmann also received two foreign language noms.. wish Huppert gets another nod this year for this or happy end.

August 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSrinivas

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