16 SEBASTIANE award goes to the film: “FREEHELD” (2015) directed by Peter Sollett and with the folling cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carrell and Michael Shannon. Based on true events, this is the story the love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice.
For showing a moving love story between two women trapped by the illness of one of them and the fighting for the widow’s pension; a tiny personal fighting which nevertheless leads into a great improvement in the defense of the equal marriage Act in the USA. This big step is having a big impact for the whole LGBT community in the way to reach a better and more equal world for everyone.
The film pays a fair but often omitted tribute to the work of lesbian women who paved the way to gay and bisexual men.
FREEHELD is full of values about fighting, solidarity, equality and commitment.
The Jury would like to thank the Festival Selection Committee for the choice of LGTB themed films in the 63th edition.