The Slovak-Czech co-production film by director Tereza Nvotová Světlonoc (Night Siren) was awarded the Golden Leopard for best film by the jury of the competitive section Cineasti del presente at the Locarno festival.
The information was released by Jiří Vaněk of the Czech State Film Fund to the ČTK agency on Saturday. In a short time, it is the second Golden Leopard for a Czech film.
Focusing on the emerging generation of filmmakers and their first and second films, this section was dominated last year by the Czech film, Fraternity, directed by director Francesca Montagner of the Prague Film Faculty.
Tereza Nvotová, director and screenwriter of the film Světlonoc (Night Siren), said that she was very happy about the award, because she did not expect that the story of a small town in the Slovak mountains would resonate so strongly with an international audience.
The horror-tinged drama tells the story of a young woman who returns to her hometown in search of answers about her troubled childhood, but while trying to uncover the truth, the villagers accuse her of witchcraft and murder.
Nightsiren is the second feature film by the 34-year-old Slovakian director. Ella’s first feature film Filthy (Špína) was awarded Best Film at the Czech Critics’ Awards in 2017. She also won the Trilobit Prize awarded by the Czech Film and Television Union for her documentary Lust for Power.