Locarno, August 20, 2013 (SIGNIS/Interfilm) - At the 66th Locarno International Film Festival, the Ecumenical Jury awarded its Prize to the film Short Term 12 directed by Destin Cretton (USA).

"The film tells a strong story about teenagers on the dark side of society. It addresses abuse and trauma in a direct style, outlining commitment and solidarity between the supervisors and the temporary inhabitants. Based on strong relationships the main character Grace finds the courage to deal with the troubled past and to look at a future beyond violence."

The jury awarded a Commendation to the film Tableau noir by Yves Yersin (Switzerland).

"Yves Yersin presents a moving documentary about the closing down of a school in the Swiss mountains. With strong and sensitive images he shows how to teach children to trust life - a film of hope and joy."

The members of the Ecumenical Jury were Daria Pezzoli‐Olgiati (Switzerland, president), Lucia Cuocci (Italy), Piet Halma (Netherlands), Françoise Lods (France), Thomas Bohne (Germany) and Edgar Rubio (Mexico).

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