LORE, the stunning new film from director Cate Shortland (Somersault) has won the Audience Award - the Piazza Grande Prix du Public - at the influential Locaro Film Festival in Switzerland over the weekend.
The prize follows recent news that LORE has been selected to screen at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. The film was also In Competition at this year’s Sydney Film Festival.
Cate Shortland’s prodigious talent, so clearly evident in her earlier film Somersault, is fully realised in this magnificent new film, set in the dying days of World War II in Nazi Germany and based on the Booker Prize short-listed book The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert.
Director Cate Shortland said: “I am really excited by the way the film has been received in Europe - and proud of all our young actors. Locarno was a magical screening for 8000 people under the stars. It started to rain about three quarters of the way through but people stood under the eaves and waited to see the end. I’ll never forget it.”
LORE will be released by Transmission Films nationally on September 20 at selected cinemas.
Transmission’s Andrew Mackie said: “Cate Shortland is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting filmmakers Australia has ever produced. LORE is a stunning piece of work by a director with an incredible command of her craft. Transmissions Films is immensely proud to be releasing the film in Australia and we congratulate Cate, and her Australian producer Liz Watts, for winning the audience prize at Locarno.”