First Award Abroad For Landscapes

10. April 2003
Rustling Landscapes, feature film by Janez Lapajne, won his first award abroad at the 7th Int. Film Festival Love on the Screen - »Schermi d'Amore«. Festival took place in Verona, Italy from 28 March to 6 April. Rustling Landscapes won the silver rose for best film according to the young jury of thirty members (from 18 to 27 years of age). The citation from the young jury went: "For the gentleness of its atmosphere, outstanding formal research, the simplicity and delicacy of the story, which manages never to be trite. For having given a view of deep and unpredictable love, which struck us and managed to truly move us. For the touching performances by the actors and for proving that the cinema d'auteur is still alive". The festival bears the name "Schermi d'Amore"/"Love on the Big Screen" and is, in accordance with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet from Verona, dedicated to films dealing with love. The low budget drama Rustling Landscapes, produced by Triglav Film from Ljubljana, was shown on 3 April. Besides the abovementioned Slovenian film the productions and co-productions from Argentina, Austria, Brasil, Finland, France, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain and USA were also shown. The festival in Verona always has excellent additional programs to offer. Apart from the other traditional program Panorama, two special programs were dedicated to the African film and to films from the Venetian region. They have also shown a selection of short and animated films. Since the very beginning of this festival famous names from the world of film are also guests of this festival. This year the following artists have been presented with their retrospectives: Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, etc.), Patrice Leconte (Girl on the Bridge, Man on the Train, etc.) and the world renowned animator and Academy Award winner Frédéric Back.