Happy Hour: Japanese Film Wins Award at Locarno Film Fest

Japanese director Hamaguchi Ryusuke’s Happy Hour took a joint Best Actress award for ensemble players Tanaka Sachie, Kikuchi Hazuki, Mihara Maiko and Kawamura Rira, with a special mention for its script.

The film, which centers on a quartet of female friends cast adrift when one of them divorces, runs over five hours in length.

After last year’s Golden Leopard win for Lav Diaz’s even longer From What Is Before, the Locarno competition must rank among the fest circuit’s most accommodating toward epic-length works.