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Locarno Dailies


The Pardo d’oro

See you in Locarno 70: 2 - 12 August 2017


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Pardo d’onore Manor for Todd Haynes

  On Monday 7th August the Festival will pay homage to U.S. director, screenwriter and producer Todd Haynes. His latest film Wonderstruck will be screened in company with Poison, one of the featured titles in Locarno70, the sidebar dedicated to celebrating the Festival’s 70th anniversary.   The Locarno Festival offers tribute with the Pardo d’onore Manor to American director, screenwriter and producer Todd Haynes. At the 1991 Locarno Festival there were 19 movies contend...

Locarno Festival, a 360° experience

        Locarno Festival, a 360° experience       Five days of free screenings, concerts and Dj sets will herald the inception of the 70th edition of the Locarno Festival and will accompany it beyond its closing date. This year, the 360° offering of this event is thus enhanced, creating an increasingly involving and rich experience thanks to two novel places, a garden in the heart of the Old Town and a new place to meet a...

Locarno Talks la Mobiliare: the visionary power of words

        Locarno Talks     What happens when people try to shape the future? This is the underlying question for the concept behind Locarno Talks, a new platform for discussion and exchange set up by the Locarno Festival together with its Main partner la Mobiliare and featuring guests from the world of politics, economics and the arts. For the first run of the event, which will be held from 6 thr...

Pardo d’onore Manor for Jean-Marie Straub

Pardo d’onore Manor for Jean-Marie Straub  Born in France in 1933, with a career that stretches back over sixty years and that plowed a distinct furrow across the field of 20th century cinema. The Pardo d’onore Manor of the 70th Locarno Festival will be given to Jean Marie Straub on August the 11th 2017. Benchmark auteur for generations of moviegoers and directors, Straub spent much of his lifetime with his partner in art and life, Danièle Huillet (1936 – 2006) ...

Adrien Brody to receive 2017 Leopard Club Award

  The 70th Locarno Festival will pay tribute to Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody. The American star will receive the 2017 Leopard Club Award in Piazza Grande on 4 August.   In bestowing the Leopard Club Award on Adrien Brody, the Locarno Festival will recognize one of the most brilliant figures in American film, an Academy Award winner at the age of only 29. Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagi...

Olivier Assayas, Yousry Nasrallah and Sabine Azéma will be the jury presidents at the 70th Locarno Festival.

Assayas, Nasrallah, Azéma       The President of the International Competition jury will be French film critic, screenwriter and director Olivier Assayas, who already made his mark at the Festival in 2014 with the acclaimed Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche. Being one of the most highly regarded contemporary filmmakers, Assayas has made several full-length features, ranging across a variety of subjects, places and genres. As an auteur for whom fo...

5th StepIn event in Locarno focuses on digital future of film

StepIn Networking / © Locarno Festival     Locarno highlights the growing impact of streaming platforms on arthouse cinema and movie theatres. The ongoing digital revolution in creating and consuming audiovisual content challenges the industry more than ever. Platforms like Netflix and Amazon have altered all previous models of production and – especially – distribution. Is this transformation disruptive? Does it present an opportunity or a thr...

Nastassja Kinski to be guest of honor at Locarno

Nastassja Kinski / © Keystone     Nastassja Kinski will be guest of honor at the 70th Locarno Festival. For the occasion the German actress will be presenting Cat People, Paul Schrader’s remake of the horror classic by French director Jacques Tourneur, dedicatee of this year’s Retrospective at Locarno.   From the outset of her career, Nastassja Kinski has appeared in films that have become part of cinema history. She was a muse for director...

Locarno Festival’s Best Independent Producer Award goes to the Swiss Michel Merkt

      Michel Merkt     Producer Michel Merkt will be next to step up to receive the prize that for 15 years Locarno has awarded to leading players in international independent production. After Mike Medavoy, Christine Vachon and David Linde – to name just three – the 2017 The Best Independent Producer Award “Raimondo Rezzonico” will go to a Swiss producer whose skills have been crucial to the making of several interna...

Eight projects and eight producers selected for Open Doors 2017

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  The exploration of South Asia continues with a new raft of producers and projects that will be showcased for European and international partners at the Locarno Festival during the 15th edition of Open Doors, to be held from 2 to 8 August 2017.   The approach of in-depth research pursued by Open Doors is built around three distinct initiatives, Open Doors Lab, Open Doors Hub and Open Doors Screenings, all developed over a three-year period (20...

L’immagine e la parola: a weekend in the world of Edoardo Albinati

          Edoardo Albinati     Italian author and screenwriter Edoardo Albinati is to be the pivotal guest for the Locarno Festival’s 5th springtime event L’immagine e la parola, scheduled for 10 to 12 March 2017. Albinati’s writing is an insightful commentary on contemporary Italy, but has also been responsive to the iconography of film, and so the Festival approached him to draw up a program of talks and screenings...

#Locarno70 looks to the future

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    Tomorrow, Saturday 21th January, at the 52nd Solothurn Film Festival, Festival President Marco Solari and his team will be holding the first of many special events planned for #Locarno70. An important step along the way to this year’s event, which will be held under the new brand: Locarno Festival. Looking forward to the future and celebrating its first seven decades not so much as an achievement in itself but as a starting point, the Festival will be emerging from a pr...

The 2017 Locarno Retrospective is dedicated to Jacques Tourneur

      © Collection Cinémathèque suisse. Tous droits réservés - A scene of the film I Walked with a Zombie (1943)     The 70th Locarno Festival Retrospective will be dedicated to French filmmaker Jacques Tourneur (1904 – 1977). Returning to that dialogue on the part of the Festival with great American cinema, the 2017 Retrospective is turning its glance towards a director who is still not enjoying recogn...

Open Doors 2016-2018: following the pathway of discovery in South Asia, with a new focus for 2017

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  A new three-year formula was introduced in 2016 for Open Doors, the Festival del film di Locarno sidebar in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The sidebar’s brief is to foster independent cinema and offer visibility to directors and filmmakers from countries in the South and East of the world, and in 2017 it is set to build on the success of the new formula by continuing its three-year research pathway on eight Southern Asian nations...

A Swiss stamp to commemorate Locarno' s 70th anniversary

  Details have been announced about the commemorative special stamp to celebrate the Festival del film di Locarno's 70th anniversary, which the Post Office will present as a preview on March 31, 2017. At the traditional Extraordinary Assembly, held at the end of the Festival, an official minute was made, giving details about the announcement made during the closing ceremony on August 13. The commemorative special stamp, which celebrates the Festival del film di Locarno's 70th an...

Locarno Cinelab Award

          Donald Cried by Kris Avedisian     DONALD CRIED by Kris Avedisian wins the Cinelab Award at the Festival del film Locarno on Festival Scope. The award, offered by Cinelab Romania, has been given by the audience of the first Festival del film Locarno online event in partnership with Festival Scope.   The initiative between Festival del film Locarno and Festival Scope has presented a selection of 9 films from the Con...

Conclusion of the 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno

      Ralitza Petrova © Festival del film Locarno     The 2016 edition, the fourth under Carlo Chatrian's Artistic Direction, came to a successful end, crowned with the Pardo d’oro to Godless, directed by Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova.   Concorso internazionale Pardo d’oro GODLESS by Ralitza Petrova, Bulgaria/Denmark/France Premio speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize) INIMI CICATRIZATE (Scarred Hear...

Locarno 2016 events August 13

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  Tonight on the Red Carpet The Delegation of VINCENT Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami Pardo d'onore Swisscom Alejandro Jodorowski The Delegation of POESÍA SIN FIN Access to the Media Line is only possible with TV + PHOTO pass available at the Press Office at Palazzo Sopracenerina.   Additional Screenings, 13 August MISTER UNIVERSO by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel: Rialto 1 at 09.45 VERSUS: THE LIVE AND FILM OF KEN LOACH by Louise Osmond: Palavideo ...

Interview with Ken Loach Piazza Grande – I, Daniel Blake

  Foto di Alessio Pizzicannella   Ken Loach, welcome back to Locarno. What is your fondest memory of Piazza Grande, where you were awarded with the Pardo d'onore in 2003? My overriding memory is the enormity of the screen and the audience, the warmth of its response. I can't think a more impressive size to show a film. It's a spectacul...

Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky Pardo d'onore Swisscom 2016

  Foto di Alessio Pizzicannella Poesía sin fin is by far your most personal movie in many ways, it deals with your own story. How much is fictional and what has been taken from real life? I wrote a book, La danza de la realidad (The Dance of Reality), which goes from my childhood until today. Now I’m trying to do the movie...

The Winners of the Locarno Open Doors Hub 2016 announced

      Open Doors Winners 2016   The winners of the co-production platform Open Doors Hub have been announced today   The 2016 edition has seen the launch of a three-year cycle that Open Doors will devote to eight countries in southern Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The international co-production platform Open Doors Hub (4 – 9 August) is part of the new format of Open Doors, which ...

Locarno First Look Award 2016

          Ptaki Śpiewają W Kigali (Birds are Singing in Kigali)     The sixth edition of First Look – the Festival del film Locarno initiative aiming to showcase films in post-production – has presented six polish films. Each one was introduced by its producer to various world sales agents and festival programmers attending the Industry Days.    The jury for First Look 2016, comprising Kerem Ayan (Istanbul In...

Festival del film Locarno and Thessaloniki International Film Festival launch inaugural Industry Academy International

  © Thessaloniki International Film Festival photo archive     The first edition of the Industry Academy in the South Eastern Europe & Mediterranean will take place in Thessaloniki from 7 – 11 November, 2016.   The Festival del film Locarno and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival announced today the launch of a new joint initiative in the South Eastern European Countries. After completing successful editions in Mexico, Brazil a...

European Casting Director Award in Locarno

  Peter Rommel, Elsa Pharaon, Antoinette Boulat, Clotilde Courau The jury of the first European Casting Director Award, in partnership with the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), decided to give the Award to Antoinette Boulat & Elsa Pharaon (France) for STANDING TALL (LA TÊTE HAUTE) by Emmanuelle Bercot.   The members of the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN) have nominated 21 international casting directors with their respective films. Among t...

Locarno 2016 events August 11

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  Tonight on the Red Carpet The Delegation of JEUNESSE The Delegation of O CINEMA, MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA E EU The Delegation of GODLESS The Delegation of COMBOIO DE SAL E ACUCAR Tribute to Roger Corman Access to the Media Line is only possible with TV + PHOTO pass available at the Press Office at Palazzo Sopracenerina. Additional Screenings, 11 August L’AMATORE, by Maria Mauti: Kursaal at 09.00 ZAVTRA MORE, by Katerina Suvorova: Rialto 2 at 09.00 THE CHAL...
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