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"Camping du Lac" awarded at Locarno!

Eléonore Saintagnan's first feature film, produced with support from the Centre du Cinéma, won the CINE+ Special Jury Prize. The 76th Locarno Film Festival featured 3 French-speaking Belgian films this year: two features and one short.

The winners of the 76th Locarno Film Festival have been announced. Among the award-winning films is Eléonote Saintagnan's first feature film, produced by Michigan Films, which won the CINE+ Special Jury Prize.

Éléonore drives west. Her car breaks down in the middle of Brittany, France. She rents a bungalow there in a camping with a view of the lake, in which, it is said, lives a legendary beast. From mobile home to mobile home, she observes the present, summons the past and lets herself be invaded by fiction.

Other Wallonie Bruxelles productions were also present at this 76th edition. Produced by Courage mon amour and internationally distributed by MK2, the new film by Abel and Gordon, The Falling Star, was presented as the opening film at Piazza Grande.

The film tells the story of Boris, a former activist, lives underground as a bartender at "The Falling Star". His guilty past resurfaces when one of his victims finds him and wants revenge. The appearance of a double, the depressed and solitary Dom, provides Boris with the perfect means of escaping his nemesis. Boris’s cunning partner, Kayoko concocts a sinister plan to exchange the two, aided by Tim, the Star’s faithful doorman. Little do they all know, Dom has an ex-wife, Fiona. She’s a private investigator.

Manon Coubia, who was already present at the festival in 2019 with Marée and won the Pardino d'Oro in 2016 with L'immense retour, returned to the festival to present her new short film, Full Night, produced by The Blue Raincoat. 

2022. One morning, the police defines a security perimeter on the edge of a lake, in front of the family house where Louison came for the holidays. Weapons from the Second World War have been detected by divers. Louison's grandmother could be complicit...

Founded in 1946, the Locarno Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. Devoted to auteur cinema, it takes place every summer in the Italian-speaking Swiss city of Locarno, in the canton of Ticino. Created with the aim of discovering new trends, the Locarno festival has often recognized the genius of young directors before others, who later emerged as leaders of their generation.

Last year, Valentina Maruel's debut feature film, I Have Electric Dreams won no less than three awards in the official competition!

The 76th edition took place from August 2nd to 12th, 2023.


The Falling Star

Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel

Feature film / Fiction

Camping du lac

Éléonore Saintagnan

Feature film / Fiction

Full Night

Manon Coubia

Short film / Fiction