Hill of Freedom
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Charming character rondo puts Hong Sang-soo back in the game, despite little new.
After an intriguing set-up, this dreamy psychodrama really doesn't go anywhere.
A Time in Quchi
Pleasant kids-in-summer movie is OK as it goes but could have been more.
Golden Era leads Asian Film Awards nominations
Southeast Asia sidelined at Macau event
Lav Diaz wins top Locarno prize
Songs From the North wins Best First Feature
Asian trio competes at Locarno
Swiss festival believes bigger is better
Nansun Shi to receive producer award in Locarno
Season of her films to screen at Swiss festival
Beauty, Missing and Norte awarded at Cinemanila
Philippines' festival extends
10th HKAFF cooks up a White Storm
Snowpiercer is Hong Kong festival's closing film
Southeast Asia in focus at Taoyuan festival
New Taiwan film event launches in October
Toronto finalises lineup, guests
Additions from first-timers and established auteurs
Asian four compete at Locarno's "frontier festival"
First year under new artistic director focuses on Asian auteurs
Locarno to reward first films
Swiss festival partners with the City of Milan
Asian Project Market selects 30
Yeon Sang-ho, Wang Xiaoshuai and Royston Tan
Locarno honours widely spread
Asian winners across multiple festival sections
Locarno headlines Asian indies
Tributes to Jeonju, Kawase, To
Asian trio to judge Locarno
Swiss festival looks East
Locarno to honour To
HK director to receive Golden Leopard
Sunrise finds Euro partners
NFDC, crowd-funding also contribute
Weerasethakul to head Locarno jury
Thai film-maker hailed by festival
Locarno rewards Aoyama
Tokyo Koen receives special jury prize
Bollywood divides opinion among Indian executives
Insult or inspiration? Fast food or father of invention?
Locarno unveils line-up
Japanese films take prime slots
Asian names among Locarno festival jurors
Film-makers, critics rule over Swiss sidebars
Locarno to fete Matsumoto
Piazza Grande tribute for experimental Japanese director
Hong Sang-soo named best director at Locarno
By Stephen Cremin
Sun, 18 August 2013, 19:30 PM (HKT)
Hong received prize money of CHF30,000 (US$32,400) for the drama about a female graduate who returns to her university to receive a recommendation letter from her professor. It opens in South Korea on 12 Sep 2013.
It was one of four Asian films in the twenty-title International Competition, alongside KUROSAWA Kiyoshi 黒沢清's Real リアル～完全なる首長竜の日～ (2013), AOYAMA Shinji 青山真治's Backwater 共喰い (2013) and CHANG Tso-chi 張作驥's A Time in Quchi 暑假作業 (2013).
Alberto Serra's Story of My Death — featuring an encounter between Casanova and Dracula — won the festival's top award, the Golden Leopard, and prize money of CHF90,000 (US$97,200). It was the festival's first win for a Spanish film.
The jury was headed by Philippines' film-maker Lav DIAZ, with jury members from Chile, Greece, France and Switzerland. Diaz's Norte, the End of History Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (2013) had a special screening at the festival.
The only other Asian feature recognised on Saturday night in the official awards was Nontawat NUMBENCHAPOL นนทวัฒน์ นำเบญจพล's documentary By the River สายน้ำติดเชื้อ (2013), which received a Special Mention in the Filmmakers of the Present competition.
Organisers announced a slight increase in admissions this year to 162,919 — from 161,680 in 2012 — over the eleven-day event. Next year's 67th edition will take place 6-16 Aug 2013.