VENICE — Gallic helmer Bertrand Blier’s cancer comedy “The Clink of Ice” has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section.
Produced by Christine Gozlan and Catherine Bozorgan, Blier’s latest is co-produced by Wild Bunch, France 2 Cinema, Herodiade, and Plateau A. Wild Bunch has released to brisk biz in France and is also selling internationally.
The nod, now at its seventh edition, means “Clink” will get support from the Europa Cinemas exhibitors network, who commit themselves to extend the length of its screen run and also pitch in some extra promotion coin.
The Europa Cinemas Label awarded in Venice complements the Labels awarded at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, Panorama in Berlin and Karlovy Vary.
The jury of exhibitors praised the black comedy about cancer and alcohol as “an extremely witty film,” calling it an “anarchic and politically incorrect take” on an apparently taboo subject.
“The film never preaches and is sure to be enjoyed and spark debate around European arthouses,” jurors predicted.
The main prizes of the fest’s 67th edition will be awarded during the closing ceremony on Saturday.