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Venice, September 11th, 2017 (SIGNIS). At the 74th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica in Venice, the SIGNIS jury awarded its prize to the French film La villa (The House by the Sea), directed by Robert Guédiguian (France, 2017).
The jury explained its choice by saying that “A contemporary statement on the world we live in today, La villa has much to say about the obligations of family, the meaning of home, the treatment of neighbors, and the plight of an ageing population.” Set in a sleepy fishing village overlooked by urbanization, three adult siblings come together again to care for their ill parent. This catalyst provides a transformation of hope for all involved.
They added that the film is “an honest and poignant celebration of life.”
In addition, the jury awarded a Commendation to Foxtrot, directed by Samuel Maoz (Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland 2017), because it “takes us on an unexpected journey of grief following the loss of a family’s adult son.” How much of our path in life is gained through sheer self-determination and how much of it is predetermined? A psychologically honest film that also comments on conflict and the bonds of family.
The jury members were Douglas Fahleson (Ireland, Jury President), Massimo Giraldi (Italy), Marianela Pinto (Ecuador), Iván Giroud (Cuba) and Callum Ryan (Australia).