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Activities - 06/09/2013


France’s LA BELLE VIE wins Europa Cinemas Label at Venice - Special mention for Milko Lazarov’s ALIENATION



The French film LA BELLE VIE directed by Jean Denizot has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival. 2013 marks the tenth time the Label has been awarded in Venice.

Milko Lazarov’s ALIENATION has received a special mention.

In receiving the Label, LA BELLE VIE will benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for Network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.

The jury issued the following statement: “This first feature by Jean Denizot is the highly poetic and moving version of an extraordinary true story. A father who has brought up his sons in hiding after losing a custody battle has to deal with his sons’ steps towards first love, adulthood and making decisions for themselves. We feel this film can strike a chord with audiences, young and old alike. We also want to give a special mention to another first-time filmmaker – Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov’s remarkable ALIENATION, which also greatly impressed us.

Sold internationally by The Match Factory, this marks Jean Denizot’s feature directorial debut. Co-screenwriters are Jean Denizot and Frédérique Moreau in collaboration with Catherine Paillé. Matthieu Bonpoint produces the film (MEZZANINE Films) with co-producer Love Streams agnès b. in association with M141, Arane, Dublin Films, La Vie est Belle Films Associés, Shellac, and Sedna Films.


Sylvain and Pierre have been running from the law ever since a custody battle with their mother, won by the latter, pushed their father Yves into hiding ten years ago. But now that they´re older, the two brothers are road-weary and eager to take advantage of the perks of young adulthood. When the authorities discover their whereabouts, they are forced to move yet again and Pierre, the elder, disappears. Alone with his father on an island in the Loire River, Sylvain meets Gilda: his first girl, his first crush, and the first stop on his way to "the good life" - his own.

The winning film LA BELLE VIE was decided by a jury of four Network exhibitors:
 Elena Mascioli - Cinema Farnese - ROMA – Italy
 Yannick Reix – Le Concorde - LA ROCHE-SUR-YON – France
 Wilko Schuringa - Theater de Lieve vrouw - AMERSFOORT – The Netherlands
 Vladimir Trifonov - Cinema Lumiere - SOFIA – Bulgaria

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ALIENATION, Special Mention of the Jury


2013 Winning films:

BLACKBOARD (Tableau noir) by Yves Yersin (Switzerland) - Festival del film Locarno 2013

THE NOTEBOOK (Le Grand cahier) by János Szász (Hungary) - Karlovy Vary Int. Film Festival

THE SELFISH GIANT by Clio Barnard (United Kingdom) - Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2013

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN by Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium) - Berlinale 2013