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Activities - 15/08/2015


Guillaume Senez's KEEPER wins Europa Cinemas Locarno Label


Guillaume Senez's debut feature KEEPER from Belgium has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film at the 68th Locarno Film Festival. 2015 marks the third time the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded in Locarno.

KEEPER 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: "KEEPER is a movie with a compelling, universal story. From the beginning, it gripped us with its main actors' outstanding performances: two teenagers dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. Its narrative freshness lies in its ability to manage its conflicts while avoiding sentimentality. KEEPER reached its goal!".

Synopsis: Maxime and Mélanie love one another. Awkwardly and tenderly, they explore their sexuality together. When Mélanie finds out she is pregnant, Maxime takes it badly, but gradually comes to terms with the idea of becoming a father and so persuades Mélanie to keep the baby. So now it’s decided: at all of fifteen years of age, Maxime and Mélanie are going to be parents.

Director: Guillaume SENEZ

Cast: Kacey MOTTET KLEIN, Galatéa BELLUGI, Catherine SALEE, Laetitia DOSCH, Sam LOUWYCK

Screenplay: Guillaume SENEZ, David LAMBERT

Production: Iota Production / Louise Productions / Offshore / Savage Film

International Sales: Be for Films -


The jury was composed of: 

GABRIELLA BOONEN, Utopolis (Belgium/Luxembourg)

Since 2001, Gabriella Boonen has been working for the exhibition company Utopolis in Belgium as programming manager. She formerly worked for the distribution companies Cinéart (Belgium) and 20th Century Fox (the Netherlands) in the late nineties.

ERNEST HUSKA, Kino Mladost, BRATISLAVA (Slovak Republic)

Former director of the municipal library in Bratislava, Ernest Huska also worked as head of culture in local authorities. He is now co-owner of the cinema Mladost which is the oldest film theater (opened in 1913) in Slovakia.

DANIEL MELAMED, Cinema Cohav / New Cinema LTD, TEL AVIV (Israel)

Daniel Melamed has been responsible for acquisition and distribution at New Cinema LTD for the last 6 years. New Cinema LTD releases four to five films per year, mostly European art-house titles. Since 2002, he has been managing the cinema Cohav, which is the oldest art-house film theater in Israel.

BOGLARKA NAGY, Cinema Elvire Popesco, BUCHAREST (Romania)

Boglarka Nagy is currently the programming manager of the cinema Elvire Popesco which is run by the French Institute in Romania. She regularly writes for specialized film websites as a film critic and also works for several local festivals as moderator and programmer.