ROME — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Critics’ Week awarded its prize to Swedish first-time helmer Gabriela Pichler’s social drama “Eat Sleep Die,” about a hard-working Muslim girl who gets fired from her factory job.
The nod, called Premio del Publico RaroVideo and worth Euros 5,000 ($6,300), is awarded by the fest audience rather than a jury.
Produced by China Ahlander, “Eat Sleep Die” is being sold by Stockholm-based The Yellow Affair.
Pic will also screen at Toronto in the Discovery section.
In a separate prize announced at Venice Friday, Gallic helmer Herve Lasgouttes’ “Crawl” — another feature film debut — took the Europa Cinemas Label as best European film in the fest’s Venice Days section. This nod was decided by a jury of exhibitors.
Set in the Brittany region of France, “Crawl,” centers around a romance between a young man who is small-time crook and a dedicated swimmer whom he gets pregnant before being charged with murder.
Pic, being sold by Premium Films, will get support from the Europa Cinemas exhibitors network, who commit themselves to extending the length of its screen run and also pitch in promotion coin.
The Europa Cinemas Label awarded in Venice complements the Labels awarded at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, Panorama in Berlin and at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
The Venice Film Festival’s main prizes will be announced on Saturday during the closing ceremony.