MATERNAL, Europa Cinemas Label

Locarno Film Festival


The Italian and Argentinian feature film MATERNAL (HOGAR) directed by Maura Delpero, has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival, as it was announced today by a Jury of four Europa Cinemas Network exhibitors. 2019 marks the seventh time the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded in Locarno.

MATERNAL, Europa Cinemas Label

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MATERNAL (HOGAR) 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 jury has selected Maternal by director Maura Delpero as this year's winner of the Europa Cinemas Label award. The jury was moved by its vibrant yet tender depiction of the universal theme of motherhood and how different aspects of maternity can collide with duties and desires. Delpero's first narrative feature film tells a thoughtful, humane story with great sensitive clarity and assured directorial control which promises a lot for her future as a filmmaker.”

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Sold internationally by Charades, MATERNAL (HOGAR) is a dispàrte (Italy), Vivo film (Italy) in association with Rai Cinema (Italy) and Campo Cine (Argentina) production.

Script: Maura Delpero

Image: Soledad Rodriguez

Editor: Ilaria Fraioli and Luca Mattei

Costumes: Jam Monti

Composer: Vincenzo Urselli

The cast includes Lidiya Liberman, Denise Carrizo, Agustina Malale and Isabella Cilia.

The Europa Cinemas Label Jury of Locarno this year comprised Mattia Giannone (Cinélux, Geneva, Switzerland), Hermelinde Grondard (Cinema Galeries, Brussels, Belgium), Tom Ooms (LAB111, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Elisa Rosi (Lichtblick Kino, Berlin, Germany).