Locarno: violence and betrayed love, to Edwin the Golden Leopard

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A drama about helplessness, violence, betrayed love and revenge, Vengeance Is Mine. All Others Pay Cash by Indonesian filmmaker Edwin wins Golden Leopard as best film of the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival, which in Piazza Grande also closed with a surprise, the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dario Argento for his work and the surprising interpretation in Vortex by Gaspar Noé.

The story of Edwin’s film, based on the novel of the same name by Eka Kurniawan, focuses on a street criminal Ajo used to fighting to survive, who vents in extreme violence the frustration for the impotence from which he has suffered from a very young age. , caused by having witnessed a traumatic scene.
The Golden Leopard for Best Director goes to Abel Ferrara, with the film shot in a nocturnal Rome at the beginning of the pandemic, Zeros and ones with Ethan Hawke in a double role, a soldier and his revolutionary twin brother.
Best actress is Anastasiya Krasovskaya for Gerda by Natalya Kudryashova, which focuses on the story of a student by day, a stripper in clubs by night. The jury chaired by the American filmmaker Eliza Hittman (among the members also Isabella Ferrari) instead awarded the prize for best actor to Mohamed Mellali and Valero Escolar, protagonists of the Spanish Sis Dies Corrents (The Odd Job-Men) by Neus Ballús, a comedy on two plumbers and handyman electricians, one elderly and one younger destined to take the place of the more experienced colleague, dealing with the most bizarre customers.
Two Italian films, on the other hand, have won the greatest awards in the Filmmakers of the Present section: best film is the documentary Brotherhood by Francesco Montagner, a story of four years in the life of three young Bosnian brothers, left alone when their radical Muslim preacher father is sentenced to two years in prison for terrorism. The award as best emerging director instead goes to Hleb Papou, a Belarusian naturalized Italian for drama The legionnaire, the story of Daniel (Germano Gentile) a young Italian of African origin who entered the Celere who receives the order to go and vacate the occupied building in which his mother and brother still live.
Among other awards, the Award for the best first film goes to the English Charlotte Colbert, and the Pardino d’oro for the best international short film to the Brazilian Neon ghost by Leonardo Martinelli.
In the eleven days of the Festival in which the screen of Piazza Grande was also turned on again, they were proposed 209 films and 310 screenings. Opening film was Beckett by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino with John David Washington, while the closing is Respect by Liesl Tommy, biopic on Aretha Franklin with an amazing Jennifer Hudson.

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