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Activities - 16/08/2014


FIDELIO, L’ODYSSEE D’ALICE wins the Europa Cinemas Label in Locarno


The Europa Cinemas Label Jury at the Locarno Film Festival 2014 has decided to award this year’s prize to FIDELIO, L’ODYSSEE D’ALICE, first feature film by French filmmaker Lucie Borleteau. The French actress Ariane Labed takes home the best actress prize.

The jury of the Label issued the following statement: “Fidelio is a superb film that subverts the traditional love triangle story, and delivers strong narrative cinema with solid writing and excellent performances. It provides a glimpse into a world rarely seen on film.

The character of Alice is played with courage and conviction by the naturally charismatic Ariane Labed, infusing strength and determination to the role while revealing her vulnerability.

The natural and realistic style doesn’t undermine the movement of the story; and in fact enhances it.
It’s an accessible and uplifting film that has the potential of reaching a wide audience.”


Synopsis: Alice is a sailor. While her partner Félix waits for her on land, she sets off as second mechanic on the Fidelio, an old freighter. On board, she discovers not only that her predecessor has just died, but also that the skipper is none other than the first great love of her life. Alice finds a notebook in her cabin, apparently that of the former mechanic, and on reading its contents – accounts of mechanical problems, sexual conquests and lovelorn emotions – finds, oddly, that they mirror her own concerns. As they make stops at various ports, dealing with life aboard alongside an all-male crew and the swell and pitch of her romantic feelings, the young woman tries to stay on course.



Director: Lucie Borleteau

Cast: Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie, Pascal Tagnati, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h

Screenplay: Lucie Borleteau, Clara Bourreau

Production: Apsara Films - Why Not Productions


The jury was:

Jon Barrenechea, Picturehouse Cinemas, LONDON (United Kingdom)

André Ceuterick, Cinema Plaza Art, MONS (Belgium)

Clive Fisher, Ster-Kinekor Theatres, JOHANNESBURG (South Africa)

Gosia Kuzdra, Kino Muza, POZNAN (Poland)