L'ÉPOQUE (YOUNG AND ALIVE) wins Europa Cinemas Label



French documentary film L'ÉPOQUE (YOUNG AND ALIVE) by Matthieu Bareyre has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in Locarno Festival, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors from the Network. 2018 marks the sixth time the Label has been awarded in Locarno.

L'ÉPOQUE  (YOUNG AND ALIVE) wins Europa Cinemas Label

L’ÉPOQUE (YOUNG AND ALIVE) 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 Europa Cinemas Jury decided to give the Europa Cinemas Label to L’ÉPOQUE by Matthieu Bareyre:
- for its dynamic portrayal of young people in our complex contemporary world;
- for the energetic way in which the director enables a generation, that so often remains unheard, to speak out loud;
- for the statements in the film apply globally and affect everybody, young and old;
- and also for Rose who deeply touched our hearts.”

Sold internationally by BAC Films, L’ÉPOQUE (YOUNG AND ALIVE) is an Artisans du Film production (France), co-produced with Alter Ego Production (France) and ADF L’Atelier (France).

Script: Matthieu Bareyre and Sophia Collet
Image: Matthieu Bareyre
Editors: Matthieu Bareyre, Isabelle Proust and Matthieu Vassiliev
Sound: Thibaut Dufait.

Matthieu Bareyre’s first short film was a documentary, NOCTURNES (2015), and was selected at the « Cinéma du Réel » and « Rencontres européennes du moyen métrage de Brive » festivals. L’ÉPOQUE is his first feature, on which he’s been working since early 2015.

The Locarno Europa Cinemas Label Jury this year comprised Hristo Hristozov (Cinema House, Sofia, Bulgaria), Anna Reitze (Camera Zwo, Filmhaus, Saarbrücken, Germany), Nina Ukmar (Kosovelov dom Sežana, Sežana, Slovenia), René Wolf (EYE, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Nina Ukmar, René Wolf, Valéry du Peloux (Prod, Artisans du Film), Anna Reitze and Hristo Hristozov


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