Love, death dominate Locarno


Masahiro Kobayashi's "Ai No Yokan" (The Rebirth), a story of love between the mother of a murderer and the father of the victim, claimed the top prize at this year's Locarno International Film Festival, which ended last weekend (HR 8/13).

Frank Oz's black comedy "Death at a Funeral" won the public prize, voted on by moviegoers in Locarno's famous Piazza Grande each night.

The best actor award was jointly awarded to Frenchman Michel Piccoli, for his work in the love story "Sous Les Toits de Paris" (Beneath the Rooftops of Paris), and Italian Michele Venitucci, the star of "Fuori dalle Corde" (Outside the Ropes), in which he plays a down-and-out boxer. Marian Alvares of Spain won the best actress prize for "Lo Mejor de Mi" (The Best of Me), a tragic love story.