Il Queer Lion sulla stampa estera

Pubblichiamo gli articoli dedicati alla nascita del Queer Lion apparsi su The Hollywood Reporter, Internet Movie Database, The Washington Post, Reuters, BBC, Miami Herald, e l’edizione cartacea di The New York Times del 2 agosto 2007

QUEER LION TO SHARE AWARDS SHELF AT VENICE
The Queer Lion award is finally coming to the Venice Film Festival after four years of negotiations. The prize will be awarded to the best full-length film in competition or in any of the festival’s sidebars that features a gay theme or character, even if the character does not play a central role. The name Queer Lion is a take on Venice’s main prize, the Golden Lion. «We aren’t looking for the next ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ « the competition’s director Daniel Casagrande said in an interview. «We are just looking for films that accurately portray gay characters or themes». With 22 films in competition at the 64th annual Venice event, and about three dozen others screening in sidebars, Casagrande said he expects «around 10 or 12» films to be candidates for the prize. The plaudit is a gold plaque with the Venice Lion winged logo in black with the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag on the wings. A small international jury will select the winner. The new award comes after Casagrande first approached the festival with the idea in 2003. The Berlin International Film Festival has been handing out a similar prize — the Teddy Awards, a play on Berlin’s Golden Bear — for the past 21 festivals. The Queer Lion competition is one of two first-year prizes joining more than two dozen other secondary competition sections that dish out prizes to films that meet a variety of criteria. The other first-year prize is the Padre Nazzareno Taddei Prize for the in-competition title that shows «authentic human values in the best cinematographic language.» The more established prizes awarded in Venice include the Persol prize for superior style in film; the Little Lion Award for the best film based on a vote of local school children; and the Human Rights Film Network award. (articolo di Eric J. Lyman)
(01-08-2007 Usa – The Hollywood Reporter)

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL TO HAND OUT GAY AWARD
The Venice Film Festival plans to present a Queer Lion award this year to the best movie either in competition or in any sidebar screenings that effectively features a gay theme or character, the festival said Tuesday. «We aren’t looking for the next Brokeback Mountain,» the competition’s director, Daniel Casagrande, told the Hollywood Reporter. «We are just looking for films that accurately portray gay characters or themes.»
(01-08-2007 Usa – Internet Movie Data Base)

QUEER LION TO ROAR AT VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
The Queer Lion award is finally coming to the Venice Film Festival after four years of negotiations. The prize will be awarded to the best full-length film in competition or in any of the festival’s sidebars that features a gay theme or character, even if the character does not play a central role. The name Queer Lion is a take on Venice’s main prize, the Golden Lion. «We aren’t looking for the next Brokeback Mountain,» the competition’s director, Daniel Casagrande, said in an interview. «We are just looking for films that accurately portray gay characters or themes.». With 22 films in competition at the 64th annual event – which runs August 29 to September 8 – and about three dozen others screening in sidebars, Casagrande said he expects «around 10 or 12» films to be candidates for the prize. The plaudit is a gold plaque with the Venice Lion winged logo in black with the rainbow colours of the gay pride flag on the wings. A small international jury will select the winner. The award comes after Casagrande approached the festival with the idea in 2003. The Berlin International Film Festival has been handing out a similar prize – the Teddy Awards, a play on Berlin’s Golden Bear – for the past 21 years.
(01-08-2007 Usa – Reuters)
(01-08-2007 Usa – The Washington Post)

FESTIVAL TO OFFER GAY FILM PRIZE
The Queer Lion award is a take on Venice Film Festival’s main prize – the Golden Lion
Films with a gay theme or character are to be recognised with a new award at the Venice Film Festival. The Queer Lion award, a take on the festival’s main Golden Lion prize, will go to the best full-length film featuring a gay theme or character. Competition director Daniel Casagrande said it had taken four years of negotiations to introduce the award. He has said he expects «around 10 or 12» films to be candidates for the inaugural prize. He added: «We aren’t looking for the next Brokeback Mountain. We are just looking for films that accurately portray gay characters or themes.»
Gay pride
Films entering the main competition are eligible for the award, as are other films being shown at the festival, which runs from 29 August to 8 September. A small international jury will select the winner, who will be presented with a gold plaque featuring the Venice Lion winged logo with the rainbow colours of the gay pride flag on the wings. The Berlin International Film Festival has been handing out a similar prize, the Teddy Award, for the past 21 years as an offshoot of its Golden Bear award.
(01-08-2007 Uk – Bbc)
(01-08-2007 Usa – Miami Herald)

A ‘QUEER LION’ COMES TO VENICE
After four years of negotiations, the Venice Film Festival plans to award a Queer Lion. A spinoff from the event’s principal prize, the Golden Lion, the Queer Lion will be awarded to the best film in competition or in any festival sidebar that features a gay theme or character, Reuters reported. The Berlin Film Festival has been awarding a similar prize, the Teddy, a play on its Golden Bear, for the last 21 years.
(02-08-2017 Usa – The New York Times)

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