Magazine article Screen International

Lithuanian Film Picks Up Two Prizes at Locarno Festival First Look Awards

Magazine article Screen International

Lithuanian Film Picks Up Two Prizes at Locarno Festival First Look Awards

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Seventh edition of Locarno’s showcase of works in progress dedicated to films from the three Baltic states.

Lithuanian filmmaker Vytautas Puidokas’ El Padre Medico was the big winner at this year’s first look awards at the Locarno Festival (Aug 2-12), picking up Kaiju Cinema D/ffusion’s $5899.93 ([Euro]5,000) award for the production of key art design as well as $3539 ([Euro]3,000) worth of DCPs and international promotional measures offered by Baltic View and Noir Lumiere.

The co-production between Lithuania’s Ironcat and Dansu Films with Brazilian production house Lente Viva Films tells the story of A. F. Bendoraitis who lived in the Amazonian jungle in the early 1960s under the false identity of a European missionary, philanthropist and doctor.

The Le Film Francais award of $6,492 ([Euro]5,500) worth of advertising went to the Estonian first feature The Little Comrade by Moonika Siimets, produced by Amrion’s Riina Sildos “for its great storytelling, international appeal, the great performance and historical reconstruction. …

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