What’s It All About?
Every August, for 11 days, the Swiss-Italian town of Locarno becomes the world capital of auteur cinema. At the Locarno Film Festival, a quality programme, rich, eclectic, surprising, and where emerging talent get a unique chance to be at par with prominent guests. Locarno is a unique launch platform for new films from all over the world, precisely because of its enormous and multi-cultural audience. This year celebrates the 65th edition of the festival.
One of the oldest film festivals in the world, the Festival del film Locarno is synonymous with discovery and innovation.Also, it pays special attention to developments in contemporary cinema in a constant hunt for the most innovative productions of the moment. It screens films from studio blockbusters to Indies, from genre films to experimental cinema, and the best documentaries and shorts.
Watch Out For!
The Locarno festival comprises 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 forfeature films as well as two for short films.
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, the Locarno Festival hosts two independent sections:
• The stimulating selection of documentaries in Semaine de la critique/Critics’ Week
• Appellations Suisse, a review of the best films produced in Switzerland during the past year
Numerous special events, exhibitions and round table discussions go together with the extensive programme. There will be special awards made to our guests of honour, such as:
• The Leopard of Honour, the Excellence Award
• The Raimondo Rezzonico Prize will pay tribute to exceptional filmmakers, actors and producers.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai director, screenwriter, producer and video-maker, will be Jury President for the Concorso Internazionale (International Competition).
Films to be screened are:
• Away (Ailleurs), directed by Leslie Tô
• Black Sunshine, directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu
• From Street To School (De la rue àl’école), directed by Pape Tall
• Faso Fani, The End Of The Dream (FasoFani, la fin du rêve), directed by Michel K. Zongo
• Pieces Of Lives (Fragments de vies),directed by Laza Razanajatovo
• We’ve Got To Leave Bamako (Il Faut QuitterBamako), directed by Aïssa Maïga
• Fire Next Time (La Prochaine fois, leFeu), directed by Mati Diop
• The President (Le Président), directed by Jean-Pierre Bekolo
• Shadows Of The Sugarcane (Lombraz Kan), directed by David Constantin
• The Eye (Nyè), directed by DaoudaCoulibaly
• Pakitalaki, Portrait Of A Family (Pakitalaki, portrait d’une famille), directed by Adama Sallé
• Secret Faces (Toutes voiles dehors), directed by Jean-Marie Teno
Awards Hong Kong director Johnnie To will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival. He will also receive the Golden Leopard of Honour. To’s latest film as a producer, Motor way will be screened at the festival’s huge out door venue, the Piazza Grande.