Serra’s “The Death of Louis XIV” Claims Top Prize at Jerusalem Film Festival

Albert Serra’s latest project is a hit in the Holy Land…

The 41-year-old Spanish filmmaker’s The Death of Louis XIV has been named the winner the inaugural edition of the international competition at the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival, which wraps this weekend.

Albert Serra

The film, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, stars French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud as the Sun King struggling with his own mortality in his final days.

Jury members included former Focus exec and Cornerstone FilmsAlison Thompson, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson (Rams), and Israeli director Talya Lavie (Zero Motivation).

Tobias Lindholm’s A War received an honorable mention.

Bacilio Takes Top Prize at Locarno Film Festival

Fernando Bacilio is the best of the best…

The Peruvian actor took home the Best Actor prize at the Locarno Film Festival over the weekend in Switzerland.

Fernando Bacilio

Bacilio won the award for his critically acclaimed performance in Daniel and Diego Vega’s El Mudo.

Meanwhile, Albert Serra’s latest movie Story of My Death took home the top Pardo d’Oro prize.

The Spanish film is directed by the Spanish flmmaker and imagines the last days of Giacomo Casanova.

Here’s a complete look at this year’s winners:

Concorso internazionale (International competition)

Pardo d’oro 
HISTORIA DE LA MEVA MORT by Albert Serra, Spain/France

Premio speciale della giuria (Jury Prize)
E AGORA? LEMBRA-ME by Joaquim Pinto, Portugal

Pardo per la miglior regia (Best Director) HONG SANGSOO for U RI SUNHI (Our Sunhi), South Korea

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile (Best Actress)
BRIE LARSON for SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Cretton, United States

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione maschile (Best Actor)
FERNANDO BACILIO for EL MUDO by Daniel Vega and Diego Vega, Peru/France/Mexico

Special Mentions
SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Cretton, United States
TABLEAU NOIR by Yves Yersin, Switzerland

Concorso Cineasti del presente (Filmmakers of the present)

Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente – Premio George Foundation
MANAKAMANA by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, Nepal/United States

Pardo per il miglior regista emergente (Best Emerging Director) COSTA DA MORTE by Lois Patiño, Spain

Premio speciale della giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente (Jury Prize)
MOUTON by Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, France

Special Mention
SAI NAM TID SHOER (By the River) by Nontawat Numbenchapol, Thailand

Opera Prima (Best First Feature)
Pardo per la migliore opera prima
MOUTON by Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, France

Special Mention
MANAKAMANA by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, Nepal/United States

Pardi di DomaniConcorso internazionale:

Pardino d’oro per il miglior cortometraggio internazionale – Premio SRG SSR (Best International Short Film)
LA STRADA DI RAFFAEL by Alessandro Falco, Italy/Spain

Pardino d’argento
ZIMA by Cristina Picchi, Russia

Locarno Nomination for the European Film Awards
ZIMA by Cristina Picchi, Russia

Film and Video Untertitelung Prize
TADPOLES by Ivan Tan, Singapore

Special Mention
ENDORPHIN by Reza Gamini, Iran

Concorso nazionale:Pardino d’oro for Best Swiss Short Film
‘A IUCATA by Michele Pennetta, Switzerland

Pardino d’argento
VIGIA by Marcel Barelli, Switzerland/France

Premio Action Light for Best Swiss Newcomer
LA FILLE AUX FEUILLES by Marina Rosset, Switzerland

Prix du Public UBS
GABRIELLE by Louise Archambault, Canada

Variety Piazza Grande Award
2 GUNS by Baltasar Kormákur, United States