Cannes 2010: Premio Europa Cinemas Label (Quincena de Realizadores)


May 21 2010: Michelangelo Frammartino’s LE QUATRO VOLTE from Italy has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Directors’ Fortnight section, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors – the eighth year the Label has been awarded in the section.

LE QUATRO VOLTE will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional promotion across the network.The Europa Cinemas Label awarded in Cannes complements the Labels awarded at the Giornate degli Autori section in Venice, the Panorama in Berlin, and Karlovy Vary.

The jury issued the following statement: “This is a beautifully evocative, humorous and subtle look at life and nature in deepest rural Italy. Never didactic or sentimental, the director takes creative risks and manages to pull them off. At a time when original film-making is so threatened, we feel it is entirely appropriate to award the Europa Cinemas Label to LE QUATRO VOLTE, and to offer European audiences the opportunity of enjoying such a life-affirming view of a remote corner of our continent.”

Sold internationally by the Coproduction Office, the director and screenwriter is Michelangelo Frammartino, and the film stars Giusepppe Fuda, Nazareno Timpano and Bruno Timpano. A Vivo Film production, the film was co-produced by Essential Filmproduktion (Germany), Invisible Film (Italy) and Ventura Film (Switzerland).

An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high up on the hills of Calabria at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have deserted long ago. He is sick, and believes his medicine is to be found in the dust he collects on the church floor which he drinks in his water every day. A new goat kid is born. We follow its first tentative steps, its first games, until it gains strength and goes to pasture. Nearby a majestic fir tree stirs in the mountain breeze and slowly changes through the seasons. LE QUATRO VOLTE is a poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature and the unbroken traditions of a timeless place.

Reflecting the growth of Europa Cinemas’ international activity, the Europa Cinemas jury for this year’s Cannes Festival included a South Korea representative: Kwangmo Lee (writer/director and Exhibitor, Sang Sang cinema, Seoul, South Korea) alongside Line Daugbjerg Christensen (Exhibitor, Ost for Paradis Cinema, Arhus, Denmark); Margit Vremmert (Head of distribution/exhibition company Tallinnfilm, Estonia); and Claus Philipp (critic and head of distribution/exhibition company Stadtkino, Austria).

Previous winners of the Europa Cinemas Label at the Directors’ Fortnight are:

2003: The Mother (Roger Michell, UK)

Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer, Norway/Sweden)

2004: In the Battlefields / Dans les champs de bataille (Danielle Arbid, France / Belgium / Lebanon)

2005: La Moustache (Emmanuel Carrère, France)

2006: 12:08 East of Bucharest/A Fost sau n-a fost ? (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)

2007: Control (Anton Corbijn, UK)

2008: Eldorado (Bouli Lanners, Belgium)

2009: La Pivellina (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Austria/Italy)

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