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Locarno International Film Festival

New Award for the Best First Film in Locarno

© Festival del film Locarno The Festival del film Locarno and the City of Milan, as part of a strong desire for a collaboration, announce their intention to establish the Pardo alla Migliore Opera Prima “Città di Milano” (Award for the Best First Film). The Festival del film Locarno’s President and Board of Directors, along with the City of Milan’s Assessore alla Cultura, Moda, Design, Stefano Boeri, are delighted to announce their desire to establis...

Locarno Open Doors 2013 to focus on the South Caucasus

© Festival del film Locarno The eleventh edition of Open Doors will focus on the South Caucasus. The Festival del film Locarno’s section that supports and puts the spotlight on filmmakers and films from countries in the South and East where independent cinema is vulnerable will also introduce a new component. With support from the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), every year Open Doors focuses on a different region; following Africa i...

George Cukor Retrospective and new selection committee at Locarno 66th

My Fair Lady (1964) by George Cukor The Retrospective for the 66th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will be dedicated to the Hollywood director George Cukor. The new selection committee to work with the Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian on the programme for 2013 has also been finalised. The 2013 Retrospective, organised in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and the National Film Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema) in Turin, will be dedicated this year to the...

Film Marketing an interactive session in the Bahamas with Bruno Chatelin

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The Bahamas FInternational Film festival will run Dec 6 -9 in Paradise island and 10-15 in Eleuthera. On that occasion Bruno Chatelin (former film distributor) and jury Member at the Festival will offer a keynote on film marketing.   ·         Studio to indie what will work for you.  I will share key lessons I learnt when marketing major studio films at Sony and Fox and how this can apply to independent film marketing. · &...

Carlo Chatrian, new Artistic Director with Locarno fest

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                                The Board of Governors decided, at a special meeting held on Tuesday 4 September 2012, to designate Carlo Chatrian as the new Artistic Director of the Festival del film Locarno. Carlo Chatrian will take up his post from 1 November 2012, following Olivier Père, who is leaving the Festival to head up Arte Fran...

The 65th edition of the Locarno fest has just concluded

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  © Festival del film Locarno  Last night, Saturday 11 August, the 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno concluded with the awards ceremony on the Piazza Grande before an audience of 5,700 people. The President Marco Solari, expressing his gratitude to the whole Festival team, has reminded right away, that “the end of a Festival is the beginning of the next one. Among the priorities there is an increase of the worldwide marketing of the Festival and the suppor...

Locarno Carte Blanche Award 2012

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Thanks to IMCINE, the Mexican Film Institute, and with the support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Festival del film Locarno's Carte Blanche – initiative that offers a showcase for a number of films in post-production from a given country, dedicated this year to Mexico ¬– has shown seven films, each introduced by its producer, to the various international sales agents and festival programmers who pa...

Inauguration of the Locarno's 65th edition

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The 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will open on Wednesday 1 August. At the traditional Welcome Cocktail - attended by Federal Councilor Alain Berset and by Mayor of the City of Locarno and Vice-President of the Festival Carla Speziali, as well as by representatives from cultural institutions and Swiss and Ticino politicians - President Marco Solari and Artistic Director Olivier Père will open this edition, in the presence of the numerous directors, actors and film pro...

Excellence Award Moët & Chandon for Gael García Bernal in Locarno

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The 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will take place 1-11 August, 2012. Mexican actor Gael García Bernal will be attending the 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno to receive an Excellence Award Moët & Chandon. The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday 8 August at 21:30 on the Piazza Grande, before the screening of his latest film, Pablo Larraín’s No (2012). Gael García Bernal is the second actor, along with Charlotte Rampling, to receive this year...

Carte Blanche 2012: Focus on Mexico © Festival del film Locarno

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The Festival del film Locarno's Carte Blanche offers a showcase for a number of films in post-production, from a different country in Asia, Africa, Latin America or South-East Europe. This year, Carte Blanche is dedicated to Mexico. The initiative is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Thanks to IMCINE, the Mexican Film Institute, seven films in post-production have been chosen for the sophomore edition...

Excellence Award Moët & Chandon to Charlotte Rampling

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  Charlotte Rampling © Courtesy of I, Anna 2012. Photographer Kerry Brown. The Festival del film Locarno will present an Excellence Award Moët & Chandon to the English actress Charlotte Rampling. The award ceremony will take place on the Locarno Festival’s opening night on Wednesday 1 August on the Piazza Grande. The following day the public will have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with Charlotte Rampling. To mark the occasion the Festival del film Locarno will...

Pardo d’onore Swisscom to Leos Carax

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French director Leos Carax will receive the Pardo d’onore Swisscom at the forthcoming edition of the Festival del film Locarno.   © Copyright Wild Bunch 2012 To mark the occasion, the filmmaker’s five features – Boy Meets Girl (1984), Bad Blood (Mauvais Sang, 1986), The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, 1991), Pola X (1999) and Holy Motors (2012) ¬¬– will be screened, as well as the portmanteau film Tokyo!, to which he contributed the segment Merde in 2008. On the d...

Locarno Fest to salute Johnnie To

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The 65th Festival del film Locarno salutes Johnnie To with a Pardo alla carriera for his exceptional contribution to cinema as a director and producer. The presentation will be accompanied by the European Premiere screening on the Piazza Grande of Motorway (Che sau), To’s latest production, directed by Soi Cheang. Johnnie To, key figure in Asian cinema, has directed over fifty films and has as many to his credit as a producer. Born in Hong Kong in 1955, To began his career in televisi...

Arnon Milchan to receive the Best Producer Award in Locarno

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Arnon Milchan                                 At the 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno, the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico (Best Producer Award) will be presented to Arnon Milchan, one of the most prolific and successful American independent film producer of the past 25 years, with over 100 feature films to his cre...

Locarno competition for 1st and second features: Concorso Cineasti del presente

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  This year, the Concorso Cineasti del presente, a competition that reveals new talent -presenting first and second films from emerging young directors from all over the world - is being upgraded to heighten its profile and increase its importance within the Festival. This  competition (the Festival's second competitive section for feature films, alongside the Concorso internazionale) will see a marked increase in the main cash award as well as a new prize. The "Pardo d'oro C...

A Festival at the crossroads of cultures

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Westerns from all over the world, a focus on Bangladesh and several programme sections with prominent Swiss figures: new Artistic Director Thierry Jobin and Secretary General Esther Widmer announced the concept of the 26th edition of the International Film Festival Fribourg at a presentation given at the Solothurner Filmtage. For the first time, the FIFF introduces annually recurring parallel sections, which highlight thematic core areas. Amongst other things they include sections devoted to t...

Romanian Oscar Entry 'Morgen' at PSIFF

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    Question: What do you get when you mix ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ (USA, 1987) and ‘The Visitor’ (USA, 2007), minus all sex and violence? Answer: Something a little bit like ‘MORGEN’ (2010, Romania) by Romanian director Marian Crisan, but also totally different.   There is almost nil violence in this film; rather, it is paradoxical in its nature using a very tough subject of much heated contention and portraying it in such a gracef...

Locarno 2012 will bring an Otto Preminger Retrospective

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  The retrospective for the 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno, in collaboration with the Swiss and French Cinémathèques, will be devoted to the Hollywood master from Europe, Otto Preminger (1905-1986). The festival will show the director's entire body of work: forty films screened in the best 35mm prints available. As with the retrospectives of Ernst Lubitsch (2010) and Vincente Minnelli (2011), screenings will be accompanied by discussions given by various fi...

Mike Leigh: Jury President of the Berlinale 2012

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British film director Mike Leigh will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema. His approach includes giving actors much leeway to improvise in order to develop their characters. Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countles...

locarno Open Doors 2012: francophone Sub-saharan Africa

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Following on from India in 2011, the next edition of Open Doors, the Festival del film Locarno’s co-production lab, will be devoted to francophone Sub-saharan Africa.With support from the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Open Doors section, focusing on a different region every year, aims primarily to assist directors and producers from countries in the South and the East, where independent filmmaking is vulnerable. Application forms for Open Doors 2...

Locarno Open Doors co-production lab Awards

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The awards for the 2011 Open Doors co-production lab, that is organised with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the support of the City of Bellinzona, were announced on Tuesday August 9. Open Doors Awards cerermony, from left: Alka Raghuram, Shanker Raman, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Sourav Sarangi, Anup Singh, Johannes Rexin The 2011 session was devoted to cinema from India. 12 projects...

Leopard of Honour to the american filmaker Abel Ferrara

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At the 64th edition of the Festival del film Locarno, the Pardo d’onore Swisscom (Leopard of Honour) to go to the american filmaker Abel Ferrara. Every year the Locarno Festival’s Pardo d'onore celebrates one or more major contemporary filmmakers. Previous recipients include Manoel de Oliveira, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami, Wim Wenders, Aleksandr Sokurov, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Amos Gitai, William Friedkin and, in 2010, Alain T...

Harrison Ford received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Locarno

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As part of the 64th edition of the Festival del film Locarno, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Harrison Ford. Saturday August 6, Locarno hosted the European premiere of "Cowboys & Aliens" introduced by director Jon Favreau and Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde. The Festival del film Locarno presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Harrison Ford in person on this occasion. ...

Harrison Ford received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Locarno

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As part of the 64th edition of the Festival del film Locarno, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Harrison Ford. Saturday August 6, Locarno hosted the European premiere of "Cowboys & Aliens" introduced by director Jon Favreau and Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde. The Festival del film Locarno presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Harrison Ford in person on this occasion. ...

German Films Previews: German Exporters report strong business in Hamburg

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The 11th German Films Previews in Hamburg was once again a business success for German film exporters. 17 screenings at the 2011 Event (July 10 – 13) were presented in Hamburg’s Dammtor Cinema. The 11 attending German film sales companies again reported strong business with finalized deals and ongoing negotiations resulting from the Previews.  The annual showcase of current and upcoming films organized by German Films in association with the German Film Exporters Association (VDFE) ...
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