Saint-Jean de Luz: A beautiful prize list

Butterfly Vision

Winners of 9e Saint-Jean de Luz festival and meeting with its artistic director, the amazing Patrick Fabre.

This is a very, very important prize for me and for all of us in this period of very hard war. It’s very important that cinema brings us closer, and very important that we continue to exchange our feelings, thoughts and emotions through the language of cinema… Be safe! » Awarded the interpretation prize for the very good Butterfly Vision, the Ukrainian actress Rita Burkovska is visibly moved and she recorded a small video of thanks that she sends from kyiv. We are at Select, the magnificent cinema hall of the Saint-Jean de Luz festival, for a closing ceremony, with a balanced international prize list, which has rewarded some of our favorites. In addition to the Best Actress Award, Butterfly Vision also won the festival’s grand prize, Adam Bessa, the new Brando, was rewarded for Harkaspecial mention was given to Alma Viva and Carla Simon wins the Best Director Award for Our suns. Beautiful, great cinema, at the same time innovative, moving, committed.

Event cinema moves the public »

Responsible for this triumph, Patrick Fabre, artistic director and programmer of the festival, a lover of cinema and a formidable ambiancer who treats the ever-increasing public with his humor and benevolence, but also the artists who come to defend their works or the press. ” While the cinema is doing badly, attendance at the Saint-Jean de Luz festival has increased by 40%. This proves that event cinema makes the public move. That works ! In France, the rooms which organize previews, special sessions like here in Saint-Jean during the death of Godard, reach a fond and curious public. It is necessary to move to make move the spectators in the rooms and also to practice attractive tariffs. For our festival, over the years we have established a strong bond of trust with our spectators and we have a pass for 50 euros. For my programming, I work with distributors who travel the world and bring back nuggets that they offer me. We also want to bring in as many talents, actors and directors as possible. As well the Ukrainian director Maksym Nakonechnyi as Elodie Bouchez or Géraldine Pailhas. There is a real conviviality here, a sharing, a closeness. The public can approach the actors, talk to them after the screenings. This is one of the keys to Saint-Jean’s success. And for the films, my idea is really to offer auteur cinema for the general public, a bit like the films of Cédric Klapisch. The festival grows from year to year, and we grow with the spectators, we better meet their expectations.

As for the prize list, I never judge it, that belongs to the jury of the year. But I was overwhelmed by the arrival of the young Ukrainian director Maksym Nakonechnyi. I think Carla Simon is a great director and I love the choice of our young jury. »

By Marc Godin


Grand Prize: Butterfly Vision by Maksym Nakonechnyi
Best Actor Award: Adam Bessa for Harka
Best Actress Award: Rita Burkovska for Butterfly Vision
Best Director Award: Carla Simon for Our suns
Special Mention: Cristèle Alves Meira for Alma Viva
SFCC Critics’ Prize: Carla Simon for Our suns
Youth Jury Prize: Amore Mio by Guillaume Gouix
Public Prize: Emilie Frèche for The Committed

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