Italian director Maurizio Sciarra's Alla Rivoluzione Sulla Due Cavalli (pictured) - a road movie about three friends who travel to witness Portugal's 1970s revolution - won both the Golden Leopard and Best Actor Bronze Leopard at this year's Locarno International Film Festival.
Headed by US writer and film critic Janet Maslin, the festival's international competition jury gave its Special Jury Prize to Abolfazl Jalali's Delbaran "for a film that best conveys the spirit of communication between people and culture". Delbaran also received the FICC/IFFS's Don Quixote Prize.
Meanwhile, the Silver Leopards for Young and New Cinema were presented to Alain Gomis' L'Afrance (France) and Peter Sehr's Love The Hard Way (US/Germany) respectively, and actress Kim Ho-Jung received the Best Actress Bronze Leopard for her performance in Korean director Moon Seung Wook's Nabi.
While the festival organisers stated that not all of the official jury's prizes had been an unanimous decision, the FIPRESCI jury unanimously awarded its prize to Meng Ong's Miss Wonton "which charmingly mirrors the meeting of cultures in the New World" and honoured veteran US director Peter Bogdanovich on the screening of The Cat's Meow "for his love of cinema, and mastery of the medium".
Ashutosh Gowariker's Bollywood extravaganza Lagaan, Once Upon A Time In India won the UBS Audience Award after enthralling the Piazza Grande audience for almost four hours on August 5.
The festival's main prizes, which were handed out on Sunday (August 12) were as follows:
Golden Leopard, - Alla Rivoluzione Sulla Due Cavalli by Maurizio Sciarra (Italy)
Special Jury Prize - Delbaran by Abolfazl Jalali (Japan/Iran)
Silver Leopard (Young Cinema) - L'Afrance by Alain Gomis (France)
Silver Leopard (New Cinema) - Love The Hard Way by Peter Sehr (USA/Germany)
Bronze Leopard (Best Actress) - Kim Ho-Jung in Nabi by Moon Seung Wook (Korea)
Bronze Leopard (Best Actor) - Andoni Gracia in Alla Rivoluzione Sulla Due Cavalli by Maurizio Sciarra (Italy)
Special Mentions : -
Baby Boy by John Singleton (USA)
Dong Ci Bian Wei (Conjugation) by Tong Hiu Park (Emily Tang) (Hong Kong)
Le Lait De La Tendresse Humaine by Dominique Cabrera (France)
The Lawless Heart by Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger (UK)
FIPRESCI JURY FIPRESCI
Prize for Competition entry - Miss Wonton by Meng Ong (Singapore/USA)
Grand Prize - L'Afrance by Alain Gomis (Senegal/France)
Special Prize - Promises by Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg and Carlos Bolado (USA/Palestine/Israel)
PRIZE OF THE FICC/IFFS
Don Quixote Prize - Delbaran by Abolfazl Jalili (Japan/Iran)
Special Mention: The Lawless Heart by Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger (UK)
PRIZE OF THE CICAE/ART
Prize - Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter for The Lawless Heart (UK)
Special mention: Alla Rivoluzione Sulla Due Cavalli by Maurizio Sciarra (Italy)
Prix du Public UBS 2001/Audience Award Lagaan, Once Upon A Time In India by Ashutosh Gowariker (India)