Back to Stay: Milagros Mumenthaler’s Argentinean-Swiss Family Drama Wins Top Awarf at 2011 Locarno Film Fest

Argentinian-Swiss film Abrir puertas y ventanas (Back to Stay) has won the Golden Leopard grand prize at the 2011 Locarno Film Fest.

Milagros Mumenthaler’s tale of three sisters dealing with the death of the grandmother who had raised them was also the Fipresci critics’ choice for Best Film.

Maria Canale picked up Best Actress for her performance as one of the sisters.

There were 20 films in the international competition and jury chair Paul Branco described the winning film as “a complete success” and a “mature” first feature. Argentinian-born Mumenthaler, who lived in Switzerland until the age of 17, also wrote the screenplay.