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‘The woman who left’ wins Golden Lion in Venice; Fien Troch wins the prize for best director

‘The woman who left’ of the Filipijn Lav Diaz has this year won first prize at the Venice film festival, the Golden Lion. Fien Troch won the prize for best director of the Orizzonti jury for her film ‘Home’.

Fien Troch. © Reuters

The over four-hour long film ‘The woman who left’, about a woman who, after an unjust imprisonment of thirty years looking for her son, Saturday the Golden Lion win at the Venice film festival. That made the jury, this year presided over by British director Sam Mendes, known. The director is the Filipijn Lav Diaz.

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“I can’t believe that I see the price have won. This is very nice, he goes to the Filipino people, for our struggle, for the struggle for humanity, ” said Lav Diaz, when he the price received.

The second prize, the Grand Prize of the Jury, went to the American fashion designer and film director Tom Ford for ‘Nocturnal animals’, a thriller. The Russian Andrei Konchalovsky (‘Rai’), and the Mexican Amat Escalante (‘La Región Salvaje’) were both named best director.

Also the Belgian director Fien Troch, fell in the prizes. She won for her film ‘Home’, the prize for best director. Together with 17 other feature films made ‘Home’ part of the Orizzonti Competition, a survey of the most recent trends in international cinema.

Fien Troch was present at the Palazzo del Cinema where the prizes were awarded. On the stage she had a special word of thanks for her friend and editor Nico Leunen.

“When the news of the selection heard, it was all celebration, but now the gate is totally out of hand’, she responds in a press release. “You work years on a project and such a price is a very welcome guarantee that you film a beautiful life ahead.’

‘Home’ – Trochs fourth feature film, after ‘someone else’s happiness’, ‘Unspoken’ and ‘Kid’ – is a lively, but naargeestig and oppressive portrait of teenagers that is difficult to find their way in the adult world, and adults, that is difficult to find their way in the tienerwereld. The film, which in world premiere went, was enthusiastically received by both the public, press and professionals.

Also Dave Mestdach, our filmrecensent on the spot, was impressed. ‘Home may begin as a trip along familiar, confused kids, and still verwardere adults populated terrain; long it takes before you get sucked into a trip of suspense and ennui, and the form and the content merge into a complex tangle of intrigue and impulses, with good, naturalistic performances from (almost) the full cast,” he says. Click here to read his review.

The avant-première of ‘Home’ is on show at the Film Fest Gent. In January there is the film in Belgian cinemas.

The Mostra was this year in its 73rd edition. (DB)

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