The 36-year-old Chilean filmmaker, one of the directors on Neon’s anthology movie The Year of the Everlasting Storm, will write and direct Niebla for RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira.
The film takes place on a cruise ship heading towards a distant nondescript coastline. In the middle of the ocean, the large and eclectic group of international passengers, all seem to be escaping their own realities. Among them Julia, a 35-year-old woman who won the cruise as a raffle prize at work, embarks on what she believes to be a simple vacation and finds herself stuck in a physical and emotional purgatory.
Teixeira and Lourenço Sant’Anna will produce with Alan Terpins executive producing.
The project is planning to shoot next year.
Sotomayor previously directed Too Late to Die, which won Locarno’s Golden Leopard for Best Direction in 2018, making Sotomayor the first woman to win that prize.
The Brazilian actor was named Best Actor at this year’s Locarno Film Festival for hisbeautifully understated performance as a security guard at Manaus Harbor in Brazilian filmmaker Maya Da-Rin’s The Fever.
“I never thought this would happen,” said Myrupu of his win for his performance in the film, which earned Da-Rin the FIPRESCI Prize.
Carlos Lenintook home the Peace Hotel Award for his film La Paloma y El Lobo. The 36-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s earned the award for his “future promise in world cinema.”
The international jury was headed by French filmmaker and novelist Catherine Breillat.
TheGolden Leopard, the Locarno Film Festival’s top honor, went to Portuguese directorPedro Costa, for his latest featureVitalina Varela, which had its world premiere in the Swiss festival’s international competition.
The 2020 Locarno Film Festival will be from August 5-15.
This year’s winners are below:
Golden Leopard: Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal Special Jury Prize: Pa-Go (Height Of The Wave) by Park Jung-Bum, South Korea Leopard For Best Direction: Damien Manivel for Les Enfants D’isadora, France/South Korea Leopard For Best Actress: Vitalina Varela for Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal Leopard For Best Actor: Regis Myrupu for A Febre by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France/Germany Special Mentions: Hiruk-Pikuk Si Al-Kisah (The Science Of Fictions) by Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia/Malaysia/France, Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argentina
Filmmakers Of The Present Competition
Cineasti Del Presente Golden Leopard: Baamum Nafi (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia, Senegal Best Emerging Director Award: 143 Rue Du Désert by Hassen Ferhani, Algeria/France/Qatar Special Jury Prize: Ivana Cea Groaznica (Ivana The Terrible) by Ivana Mladenović, Romania/Serbia Special Mention: Here For Life by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson, United Kingdom
Moving Ahead Award: The Giverny Document (Single Channel) by Ja’tovia M. Gary, Usa/France Special Mentions: Those That, At A Distance, Resemble Another by Jessica Sarah Rinland, United Kingdom/Argentina/Spain, Shān Zhī Běi (Osmosis) by Zhou Tao.
First Feature Award: Baamum Nafi (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia, Senegal Peace Hotel Award: La Paloma Y El Lobo (The Dove And The Wolf) by Carlos Lenin, Mexico Special Mentions: Instinct by Halina Reijn, Netherlands, Fi Al-Thawra (During Revolution) by Maya Khoury, Syria/Sweden
Leopards Of Tomorrow – International Competition
Pardino D’oro For The Best International Short Film: Siyah Güneş (Black Sun) by Arda Çiltepe, Turkey/Germany (Locarno Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards 2019) Pardino D’argento: Umbilical by Danski Tang, Usa Pardi Di Domani Best Direction Prize: Otpusk (Leave Of Absence) by Anton Sazonov, Russia Premio Medien Patent Verwaltung Ag Prize: White Afro by Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/USA
Leopards Of Tomorrow – National Competition
Pardino D’oro For The Best Swiss Short Film: Mama Rosa by Dejan Barac, Switzerland Pardino D’argento Swiss Life: Tempête Silencieuse by Anaïs Moog, Switzerland Best Swiss Newcomer Prize: Terminal by Kim Allamand, Switzerland Piazza Grande Award: Instinct by Halina Reijn, Netherlands
Ecumenical Jury Prize: Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argenti Special Mention: Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal FIPRESCI Prize: A Febre by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France/Germany Europa Cinemas Label: Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argentina