4 June 2013

The Selfish Giant wins Cannes Europa Cinemas Label

By otm

  

UK’S “THE SELFISH GIANT” WINS
CANNES EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL

Cannes, May 24 2013:  the UK’s THE
SELFISH GIANT
, directed by Clio Barnard has won the Europa Cinemas Label as
Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight section, it was announced today
by a jury of four exhibitors from the network. 2013 marks the tenth time the
Label has been awarded in Cannes.

THE
SELFISH GIANT
will now receive the support of the Europa
Cinemas Network, with additional promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen.

The jury issued the following statement: “THE SELFISH GIANT was a unanimous
decision for us. A supremely well judged film – delicate, powerfully emotional,
and brilliantly acted with remarkable editing and photography. It is a tough
subject but there is hope in this moving story of the friendship between two
boys. A very successful contemporary update of the Oscar Wilde fairy story, we
feel that that this film will be especially useful for engaging younger
audiences – a worthy winner of the Label, therefore.”

Sold internationally by Protagonist Pictures,
Clio Barnard is both the director and the screenwriter. Tracy O’Riordan
produced the film with Katherine
Butler and Lizzie Francke as Executive Producers. The film is a BFI and Film4
presentation of a Moonspun Films production.

Mike Eley is
the Director of Photography; Sound Design is by Tim Barker; the Editor is Nick
Fenton, and Production Designer Helen Scott. Story development is by Lila
Rawlings. The cast includes Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Lorraine
Ashbourne, Ian Burfield, Steve Evets and Siobhan Finneran.

The
Europa Cinemas jury consisted of four network exhibitors: Alice
Black – Dundee Contemporary Arts (UK); Koyo Yamashita – Image Forum-Tokyo
(Japan); Rafael Maestro – Ciné Passion en Périgord – St. Astier (France) and Petar Mitric – EuroCinema – Subotica
(Serbia).

The Label is also awarded
in Berlin, Venice, Karlovy Vary, and, as recently announced, will be awarded
for the first time this year at Locarno.  Recipients of the Label honoured at Cannes in
the past include: Breathing, 12:08 East of Bucharest, La Pivellina, Le Quattro Volte and The
Repentant
.


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