August 3 to – 13, 2011
Throughout its 62-year history, the Locarno International Film Festival has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Every August, around 180,000 cinema-goers, 1,100 journalists, and 3,400 professionals converge on the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, in the very heart of Europe, which becomes the world capital of auteur cinema for 11 days.
Founded in 1946, the Festival Del Film Locarno is one of the oldest film festivals in the world, alongside Venice and Cannes. Created to discover new talent and new trends, Locarno has established itself on the international scene, as an invaluable launch-pad for the new generation in world cinema.
Locarno has often spotted, before many others have done so, the genius of young directors from all over the world – sometimes from their very first short films – who have subsequently established themselves as the major filmmakers of their generation. Examples include Claude Chabrol, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Verhoeven and Milos Forman.
The festival comprises a dozen different sections, open to all genres and formats. The famous Piazza Grande presents magical, open-air screenings in a totally unique setting to an audience of 8,000 people. The festival has two competitions for feature films – the International Competition and the Filmmakers of the Present
There is also the traditional retrospective and the Open Doors co-production lab, this year focused on Central Asia, with its professional dimension and screenings open to the general public.
In addition, there are two independent sections: The stimulating selection of documentaries in Semaine de la critique/Critics’ Week, and Appellations Suisse, a review of the best films produced in Switzerland during the past year.
Watch Out For!
Indian Critic Indu Shrikent To Head Short-Film Jury
Indian film critic and director of the Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema (India), Indu Shrikent, will preside over the jury of the ‘Pardi di domani’ section.
Abel Ferrara to be awarded
The Pardo d’onore Swisscom (Leopard of Honour) will go to American filmmaker Abel Ferrara.
On August 6, the festival audience will have an opportunity to attend a master class given by Abel Ferrara.
The Best Independent Producer Award
This award has been conferred on renowned producers such as Paulo Branco, Ruth Waldburger, Karl Baumgartner, Jeremy Thomas, the French collective Agat Films & Cie, Lita Stantic, Christine Vachon, Martine Marignac and, in 2010, Menahem Golan.
This year’s Premio Raimondo Rezzonico will be awarded to US producer Mike Medavoy, who in a 40-year career has been involved in more than 300 feature films. As one of the most far-sighted figures in the business, he discovered several waves of New Hollywood directors from the late 1960s to the present day.
Films that will be showcased at the festival include:
Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo Di Caprio, this film is a drama set in 1954. US Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding nearby.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman, more a dictator than a nurse. The film is directed by Milos Forman and features Jack Nicholson.