The viewers have voted, and DONALD CRIED by Kris Avedisian has won the 2016 Cinelab Award at the Locarno Film Festival on Festival Scope.
DONALD CRIED world premiered at SXSW earlier this year and had its International premiere in Locarno. It is the follow-up to Kris Avedisian’s multi-awarded short of the same name. Starring the director himself, Jesse Wakeman, Kyle Espeleta and Louisa Krause, the film was produced by Electric Chinoland.
Kris Avedisian’s indie comedy was the first film to premiere online on the event, among a line-up featuring AKHDAR YABES (Withered Green) by Mohammed Hammad, GORGE CŒUR VENTRE by Maud Alpi, IL NIDO by Klaudia Reynicke, L’INDOMPTÉE by Caroline Deruas, MAÑANA A ESTA HORA by Lina Rodríguez, PESCATORI DI CORPI by Michele Pennetta, VIEJO CALAVERA by Kiro Russo and EL FUTURO PERFECTO by Nele Wohlatz (Best First Feature Award at the Locarno Film Festival).
In DONALD CRIED, Peter Latang left working class Warwick, Rhode Island, to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. Fifteen years later, when he’s forced to return home because of his grandmother’s death, he loses his wallet on the trip. Stranded, the only person he can think of to help him out is his next-door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald Treebeck. Donald hasn’t changed a bit, and what starts off as a simple favor turns into a long van ride into their past.