The Signs of Life Award for Best Film at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival has been awarded to Cocote by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias from the Dominican Republic.

The Signs of Life jury awarded Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias’ film for “its capacity to reinvent the traditions of anthropological cinema in a creative manner”.

The Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award was given to director Dane Komljen for Phantasiesätze (Germany, Denmark) “for its rigorous and fascinating approach to landscape, language and memory”.

The jury has given a Special Mention to Era Uma Vez Brasília (Brazil, Portugal) by Adirley Queirós “for its original and ambitious construction”.

The Signs of Life Award worth 5,000 Swiss francs was made possible thanks to the support of (Zurich). The foundation’s mission is to sustain innovative cultural projects on an international scale.

The Fundación Casa Wabi and Mantarraya, in collaboration with the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, have given support for Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award which consists of an up to three-month-long residence in the Casa Wabi in Puerto Escondido (Mexico).


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