La belle vie
wins Europa Cinemas Label
The French film La belle vie
directed by Jean Denizot
has won the Europa Cinemas Label
as Best European Film in the Venice Days, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors from the network.
In receiving the Label, La belle vie will benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.
The jury issued the following statement: "This first feature by Jean Denizot is the highly poetic and moving version of an extraordinary true story. A father who has brought up his sons in hiding after losing a custody battle has to deal with his sons' steps towards first love, adulthood and making decisions for themselves. We feel this film can strike a chord with audiences, young and old alike. We also want to give a special mention to another first-time filmmaker - Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov
's remarkable Alienation
, which also greatly impressed us."
The winning film was decided by a jury of four network exhibitors: Vladimir Trifonov (Cinema Lumiere, Sofia, Bulgaria), Elena Mascioli (Cinema Farnese, Rome, Italy), Yannick Reix (Le Concorde, La Roche-sur-Yon, France) and Wilko Schuringa (Theater de Lieve vrouw, Amersfoort, The Netherlands).