Golden Leopard

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The Golden Leopard is the top prize at the Locarno International Film Festival, an international film festival held annually in Locarno, Switzerland since 1946. Directors in the process of getting an international reputation are allowed to be entered in the competitive selection. The winning films are chosen by a jury. The award went under many names until it was named the Golden Leopard in 1968. The festival was not held in 1951 and the prize was not awarded in 1956 and 1982. As of 2009 René Clair & Jiří Trnka are the only two directors to have won the award twice, both of them winning in consecutive years.

Golden Leopard winners[edit]

For the first two years the award was known as Best film. Then for several years the award went by the name of Grand Prize. The 1959 winning film was awarded for Best Direction. Then another name change for several years to: "Golden Sail". And from 1968 to this moment the Award is known as "Golden Leopard".

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1946 And Then There Were None René Clair  USA
1947 Silence Is Golden Le silence est d'or René Clair, Robert Pirosh  France /  USA
1948 Germany Year Zero Germania, anno zero Roberto Rossellini  Italy /  France /  Germany
1949 The Farm of Seven Sins La ferme des sept péchés Jean-Devaivre  France
1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home John Ford  USA
1951 No Festival
1952 Hunted Charles Crichton  United Kingdom
1953 Julius Caesar David Bradley  USA
Glinka Kompozitor Glinka Grigori Aleksandrov  USSR
The Glass Wall Maxwell Shane  USA
1954 Prince Bayaya Bajaja Jiří Trnka  Czechoslovakia
Gate of Hell Jigokumon Teinosuke Kinugasa  Japan
The Sheep Has Five Legs Le mouton à cinq pattes Henri Verneuil  France /  USA
Wild Fruit Les fruits sauvages Hervé Bromberger  France
Rotation Wolfgang Staudte  West Germany
1955 Carmen Jones Otto Preminger  USA
The Emperor's Nightingale Cisaruv slavík Jiří Trnka, Miloš Makovec  Czechoslovakia
1956 No Festival
1957 The Outcry Il grido Michelangelo Antonioni  Italy /  USA
1958 Ten North Frederick Philip Dunne  USA
1959 Killer's Kiss Stanley Kubrick  USA
1960 Bell' Antonio Il bell'Antonio Mauro Bolognini  Italy
1961 Fires on the Plain Nobi Kon Ichikawa  Japan
1962 The Winner Un coeur gros comme ça François Reichenbach  France
1963 Transport from Paradise Transport z ráje Zbyněk Brynych  Czechoslovakia
1964 Black Peter Černý Petr Miloš Forman  Czechoslovakia
1965 Four in the Morning Anthony Simmons  United Kingdom
1966 Everyday Courage Každý den odvahu Evald Schorm  Czechoslovakia
1967 Entranced Earth Terra em Transe Glauber Rocha  Brazil
1968 The Visionaries I visionari Maurizio Ponzi  Italy
1969 Charles, Dead or Alive Charles mort ou vif Alain Tanner   Switzerland
Those Who Wear Glasses Szemüvegesek Sándor Simó  Hungary
Three Sad Tigers Tres tristes tigres Raoul Ruiz  Chile
No Crossing Under Fire V ogne broda net Gleb Panfilov  USSR
1970 End of the Road Aram Avakian  USA
Lilika Branko Pleša  Yugoslavia
This Passing Life Mujo Akio Jissoji  Japan
Oh, Sun Soleil O Med Hondo  France /  Mauritania
1971 They Have Changed Their Face Hanno cambiato faccia Corrado Farina  Italy
On the Point of Death In punto di morte Mario Garriba  Italy
The Friends Les amis Gérard Blain  France
Private Road Barney Platts-Mills  United Kingdom
Signs on the Road Znaki na drodze Andrzej Piotrovsky  Poland
1972 Bleak Moments Mike Leigh  United Kingdom
1973 The Illumination Iluminacja Krzysztof Zanussi  Poland
1974 25 Fireman's Street Tüzoltó utca 25. István Szabó  Hungary
1975 The Son of Amir Is Dead Le fils d'Amr est mort Jean-Jacques Andrien  Belgium /  France /  Tunisia
1976 The Big Night Le grand soir Francis Reusser   Switzerland
1977 Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison Antonio Gramsci: i giorni del carcere Lino Del Fra  Italy
1978 The Idlers of the Fertile Valley I tembelides tis eforis koiladas Nikos Panayotopoulos  Greece
1979 The Herd Sürü Zeki Ökten  Turkey
1980 To Love the Damned Maledetti vi amerò Marco Tullio Giordana  Italy
1981 The Vicious Circle Chakra Rabindra Dharmaraj  India
1982 No Award Given
1983 The Princess Adj király katonát Pal Erdöss  Hungary
1984 Stranger Than Paradise Jim Jarmusch  USA /  West Germany
1985 Alpine Fire Höhenfeuer Fredi M. Murer   Switzerland
1986 Lake of Constance Jezioro Bodenskie Janusz Zaorski  Poland
1987 The Jester O Bobo José Alvaro Morais  Portugal
1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives Terence Davies  United Kingdom
Schmetterlinge Wolfgang Becker  West Germany
1989 Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun Yong-kyun Bae  South Korea
1990 Accidental Waltz Sluchaynyy Vals Svetlana Proskurina  Soviet Union
1991 Johnny Suede Tom DiCillo  France /  United States /   Switzerland
1992 Autumn Moon Qiu yue Clara Law  Hong Kong /  Japan
1993 Azghyin ushtykzyn'azaby Yermek Shinarbayev  Kazakhstan
1994 The Jar Khomreh Ebrahim Forouzesh  Iran
1995 Rai Thomas Gilou  France
1996 Nenette and Boni Nénette et Boni Claire Denis  France
1997 The Mirror Ayneh Jafar Panahi  Iran
1998 Mr. Zhao Zhao xiansheng Yue Lü  China/ Hong Kong
1999 Skin of Man, Heart of Beast Peau d'homme coeur de bête Hélène Angel  France
2000 Father Baba Shuo Wang  China
2001 Off to the Revolution by a 2CV Alla rivoluzione sulla due cavalli Maurizio Sciarra  Italy
2002 The Longing Das Verlangen Iain Dilthey  Germany
2003 Silent Waters Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters Sabiha Sumar  Pakistan /  France /  Germany
2004 Private Saverio Costanzo  Italy
2005 Nine Lives Rodrigo García  USA
2006 Das Fräulein Andrea Staka   Switzerland /  Germany
2007 The Rebirth Ai no yokan Masahiro Kobayashi  Japan
2008 Parque vía Enrique Rivero  Mexico
2009 She, a Chinese Xiaolu Guo  United Kingdom /  France /  Germany /  China
2010 Winter Vacation Han jia Hongqui Li  China
2011 Back to Stay Abrir puertas y ventanas Milagros Mumenthaler  Argentina /   Switzerland /  Netherlands
2012 The Girl from Nowhere La fille de nulle part Jean-Claude Brisseau  France
2013 Story of My Death Història de la meva mort Albert Serra  Spain /  France
2014 From What Is Before Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon Lav Diaz  Philippines
2015 Right Now, Wrong Then[1] Jigeumeun matgo geuttaeneun teullida Hong Sang-soo  South Korea
2016 Godless[2] Ralitza Petrova  Bulgaria /  Denmark /  France


  1. ^ "Palmarès 2015". Locarno. 
  2. ^ "Palmarès 2016". Locarno. 

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