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Critics Pick Their Favorite Films and Performances from the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire August 21, 2013 at 12:05PM

"Gloria," "What Now? Remind Me" and the upcoming "Short Term 12" are some of the popular picks from this year's Locarno International Film Festival.
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James Berclaz-Lewis

The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears included some mass walk-outs but is singular enough to no doubt stir up the interest of horror fans everywhere. It's an astounding sensory experience to have watched it in a cinema (surely the only way to truly appreciate what the filmmakers tried to do) and unfortunately though its probable NC-17 will keep it from succeeding in cinemas, I fully expect it'll find a strong audience when it returns in DVD. Think Berberian Sound Studio's final 20 minutes for an hour and a half and you have Strange Colour...
Short Term 12 has enough attention overseas as it is, but a powerful emotional rollercoaster nonetheless.
Mary Queen Of Scots might find itself an audience as an arthouse take on that French-British section of history. Very lean and UN-period drama.

BEST FILM
1. Exhibition
2. The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears
3. When Evening Falls On Bucharest
4. L'Expérience Blocher
5. What Now? Remind Me 

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Corneliu Porumboiu, When Evening Falls On Bucharest or Metabolism
2. Joanna Hogg, Exhibition
3. Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears
4. Joaquim Pinto, What Now? Remind Me
5. Jean Stéphane Bron, L'Expérience Blocher

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE
1. Carla Juri, Wetlands 
2. Brie Larson, Short Term 12
3. Camille Rutherford, Mary Queen Of Scots
4. Viv Albertine, Exhibition
5. Mark Burnham, Wrong Cops

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
1. Liam Gillick, Exhibition 
2. Tom Hollander, About Time
3. Edward Hogg, Mary Queen Of Scots
4. Owen Williams, The Dirties
5. Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Gabrielle

Adam Cook, MUBI

BEST FILM
1. On Death Row II
2. What Now? Remind Me
3. Short Term 12
4. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
5. Manakamana 

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Werner Herzog, 
On Death Row II 
2. Joaquim Pinto,
 What Now? Remind Me
3. Raya Martin, 
La última película
4. Destin Cretton, Short Term 12
5. João Pedro Rodrigues, Mahjong; The King's Body 

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE
1. Brie Larson, Short Term 12
2. Robert A.A. Lowe, A Spell 
to Ward Off the Darkness

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
1. John Gallagher Jr., Short Term 12
2. The cast of The King's Body

Ronan Doyle, Next Projection

BEST FILM
1. Distant
2. What Now? Remind Me
3. The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears
4. By the River
5. Short Term 12 

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Zhengfan Yang, Distant
2. Nontawat Nombenchapol, By the River
3. Joanna Hogg, Exhibition
4. Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, The Strange Colours of Your Body’s Tears
5. Lois Patiño, Coast of Death 

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE
1. Brie Larson, Short Term 12
2. Cho Dong-in, The Stone
3. Viv Albertine, Exhibition
4. David Merabet, Mouton
5. Nicole Garcia, Gare du Nord 

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
1. John Gallagher Jr, Short Term 12
2. Marilyn Manson, Wrong Cops
3. Park Won-sang, The Stone
4. Diana Dumbrava, Roxanne
5. Kim Sang-joong, Our Sunhi

Adriana Floridia

BEST FILM
1. Short Term 12
2. The Dirties
3. Gloria
4. The Special Need
5. Wetlands 

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Destin Cretton, Short Term 12
2. David Wnendt, Wetlands
3. Matt Johnson, The Dirties
4. Joanna Hogg, Exhibition
5. Sebastian Lelio, Gloria 

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE
1. Carla Juri, Wetlands 
2. Paulina Garcia, Gloria
3. Brie Larson, Short Term 12
4. Matt Johnson, The Dirties
5. Camille Rutherford, Mary Queen of Scots 

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
1. Sergio Hernandez, Gloria
2. Owen Williams, The Dirties
3. Kaitlyn Dever, Short Term 12
4. John Gallagher Jr., Short Term 12
5. Mark Burnham, Wrong Cops

Laya Maheshwari

You should definitely see, along with the titles I have mentioned, Los Insolitos Peces Gato, Tonnerre and Master of the Universe.

BEST FILM
1. Short Term 12
2. Gloria
3. Our Sunhi 
4. Tomogui
5. The Strange Color of your Body's Tears

BEST DIRECTOR 
1. Hong San-Soo, Our Sunhi
2. Sebastian Lelio, Gloria
3. Destin Cretton, Short Term 12
4. Shinji Aoyama, The Backwater
5. Marc Bauder, Master of the Universe

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE 
1. Paulina Garcia, Gloria
2. Brie Larson, Short Term 12
3. Rainer Voss, Master of the Universe
4. Ximena Ayala, 
Los insólitos peces gato
5. Vincent Macaigne, Tonnerre

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE >
1. Bill Nighy, About Time
2. John Gallagher, Jr., Short Term 12
3. Solène Rigot, Tonnerre
4. Sergio Hernández, Gloria

Michael Pattison

I began the festival by watching 'Chinatown' on Europe's biggest cinema screen, and ended it with '2001: A Space Odyssey' on 35mm. In between, I saw the year's best film three times and the worst film once. There'll be an index to all of my coverage at idFilm soon.

BEST FILM 
1. Story of My Death 
2. Short Term 12 
3. El futuro 
4. The Green Serpent: Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams 
5. Sense of Humor 

BEST DIRECTOR 
1. Joanna Hogg, Exhibition 
2. Adrián Villar Rojas, What Fire Brought Me 
3. Albert Serra, Story of My Death 
4. Destin Cretton, Short Term 12 
5. Lois Patiño, Costa da Morte 

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE 
1. Vincenç Altaió, Story of My Death 
2. Viv Albertine, Exhibition 
3. Brie Larson, Short Term 12 
4. Lolita Chammah, Cherry Pie 
5. Liam Gillick, Exhibition 

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE 
1. Lluis Serrat, Story of My Death 
2. Samson Dajczman, Sense of Humor 
3. Diana Avramut, When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism 
4. Eliseu Huertas, Story of My Death 
5. Antoine Chappey, Sense of Humor

Pablo Sulzer

BEST FILM 
1. Short Term 12 
2. El Mudo 
3. U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) 
4. The Dirties 
5. Shu jia zuo ye (A Time in Quchi) 

BEST DIRECTOR 
1. Destin Cretton, Short Term 12 
2. Hong Sangsoo, Our Sunhi 
3. Daniel and Diego Vega, El Mudo 
4. Albert Serra, 
Story of My Death 
5. Tso-chi Chang, A Time In Quchi

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE 
1. Fernando Bacilio, El Mudo 
2. Brie Larson, Short Term 12 
3. Sunkyun Lee, Our Sunhi 
4. Matt Johnson, The Dirties 
5. Liang-yu Yang, A Time In Quchi

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE 
1. Soren Pilmark, The Keeper of Lost Causes 
2. Yukiko Shinora, Tomogui 
3. Yun-Ioong Kuan, A Time In Quchi
4. François Damiens, Gare du Nord 
5. Juan Luis Maldonado, El Mudo

Neil Young, Jigsaw Lounge

BEST FILM
1. The Green Serpent - Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams 
2. 
What Now? Remind Me
3. Gloria 
4. Õlimäe õied  
5. Chigger Ale 

BEST DIRECTOR
1. 
Benny Jaberg, The Green Serpent - Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams
2. 
Joaquim Pinto, What Now? Remind Me
3. 
Sebastián Lelio, Gloria 
4. 
Heilika Pikkov, Õlimäe õied  
5. 
Fanta Ananas, Chigger Ale 

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE
1. Paulina García, Gloria
2. Daniel Tadesse, Chigger Ale
3. Vincenç Altaió, 
Story of My Death 
4. Boris Karloff, A Masque of Madness
5. Bruce Graham, Forty Years from Yesterday 

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
1. Nuno Leonel, What Now? Remind Me
2. Rufus, 
What Now? Remind Me
3. Sympetrum fonscolombii, 
What Now? Remind Me

This article is related to: Locarno International Film Festival, Short Term 12, Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Paulina García, What Now? Remind Me, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears, The Green Serpent - Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams, Our Sunhi


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