Australian film Lore has won the audience award at Switzerland’s Locaro Film Festival over the weekend.
Directed by Cate Shortland, and distributed locally by Transmission, the film’s winning of the Piazza Grande Prix du Public award precedes its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film, produced by Liz Watts, adapted from Rachel Seiffert’s The Dark Room, revolves around a teenage girl in the final days of WWII in Nazi Germany.
Shortland said: “I am really excited by the way the film has been received in Europe – and proud of all our young actors. Locarno was a magical screening for 8000 people under the stars. It started to rain about three quarters of the way through but people stood under the eaves and waited to see the end. I’ll never forget it.”
Andrew Mackie, MD of Transmission Films said: “Cate Shortland is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting filmmakers Australia has ever produced. LORE is a stunning piece of work by a director with an incredible command of her craft. Transmissions Films is immensely proud to be releasing the film in Australia and we congratulate Cate, and her Australian producer Liz Watts, for winning the audience prize at Locarno.”