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The Locarno Kids Award is launched: the first edition will go to Mamoru Hosoda

  Starting this year, a new award has been added to the Locarno Film Festival's list of honors: the Locarno Kids Award la Mobiliare, given to someone capable of bringing cinema to younger viewers. At the viewing of the Piazza Grande presentation of Mamoru Hosoda's Belle: Ryū to sobakasu no hime (Belle, 2021), the master of animation will be the first to receive the award, and he will do so from Japan.  The Locarno Kids Award thus completes the Festival's offerings for chi...

The Festival is back: Locarno74 gets under way

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The 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will be held from 4 to 14 August. © Yannis Drakoulidis - Netflix The Locarno Film Festival officially opens its doors to the public once again. The Palexpo (FEVI) and the Piazza Grande, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, are ready and waiting for the opening ceremony, featuring Laetitia Casta, winner of the Excellence Award Davide Campari, and the world premiere of Beckett, by Ferdinando Cito Filomarin...

StepIn 2021 — Envisioning a healthier workplace in the film industry

After nine successful years in existence, StepIn – Locarno Pro’s think tank – is back in the physical space. Once again, the initiative will allow for a free-flowing exchange of ideas between selected industry professionals and a host of prestigious speakers, all joining together on Thursday August 5th, during the Locarno Film Festival.   A proactive environment in which accredited professionals from diverse backgrounds can openly share their experiences with their c...

The Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard Club Award goes to Kasia Smutniak

© Andrea Gandini Kasia Smutniak, defined by artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro as “a skilled, very personal actress”, will receive the Leopard Club Award at the 74th Locarno Film Festival (4-14 August 2021). The award ceremony, slated for the evening of Friday 6 August in Piazza Grande, will be followed on Saturday 7 August by a conversation with the audience, moderated by Piera Detassis, at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare, plus a screening of the film Nelle tue mani ...

The Locarno Film Festival joins with UNHCR to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention

  The Alleys by Bassel Ghandour Gillian Triggs, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, will be our guest at Locarno to commemorate seventy years of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. On Sunday, 8 August, at Piazza Grande, she will greet the audience before the world premiere screening of&nb...

Locarno74: program now complete, with World Premieres of She Will and 100 Minutes

She Will  © Property of Popcorn Group The Locarno Film Festival is delighted to announce that the Gala premiere of Fuori Concorso will be dedicated to the psychological thriller She Will, a powerful debut by Franco-British Director Charlotte Colbert. The Piazza Grande will be screening the World Premiere of Sto minut iz zhizni Ivana Denisovicha (100 Minutes) by Russian director Gleb Panfilov, who already won a Golden Leopard in 1969.   Everything is...

Beckett by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, will open Piazza Grande

  © Yannis Drakoulidis - Netflix Beckett, the new film by Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, produced by Luca Guadagnino, is to open the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in Piazza Grande on August 4. Following its premiere at the Festival, the film will also be available exclusively on Netflix from August 13. The opening ceremony of the 74th Locarno Film Festival will be held on Wednesday 4 August in Piazza Grande, the iconic open-air theater which w...

The Pardo d’onore Manor 2021 goes to John Landis

  The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to the unrestrainable comic and creative genius of U.S. director, screenwriter, and actor John Landis, who on Friday August 13 in Piazza Grande will receive the Pardo d’onore Manor award. On Saturday 14 August at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare, Landis will also join a panel discussion with the audience, while Locarno7...

The Locarno Film Festival puts youth at the heart of its restart

  Locarno becomes ever more of a reference point for a new generation of emerging talents.   © Roberto Gianocca The great restart of the Locarno Film Festival (from 4 to 14 August) also sees the offering for young people come back in full swing, with a range of initiatives for professionals in film, culture and the creative arts. The Locarno Academy will be opening its doors again with its three programs (Filmmaker...

Locarno announces the final line-up of 9 projects for Alliance 4 Development 2021

Locarno Pro and its institutional partners have completed the selection process for film projects shortlisted to feature in this year’s European co-development workshop, slated for 6 to 8 August. Monsters, hunters, wild girls, blood, ghosts, villages… Images and moods just waiting to unfold in tales of cultural identity, diversity, female empowerment, environmental sensibility and discovery of the “other”. When? During Alliance 4 Development 2021. Throug...

The Excellence Award Davide Campari goes to Laetitia Casta

French actress Laetitia Casta will receive the 2021 Excellence Award Davide Campari, with which the Locarno Film Festival pays tribute to film personalities who have left their personal stamp on contemporary cinema. On Wednesday 4 August Casta will be in Piazza Grande for the award ceremony, and the following day she will meet the Festival public in a panel conversation at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare. The actress has selected two titles from her filmography to be screened during t...

Open Doors: The selected projects and talents for the closing edition on Southeast Asia and Mongolia

  Open Doors: The selected projects and talents for the closing edition on Southeast Asia and Mongolia Eight projects and nine producers coming from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Mongolia will participate in this year’s Open Doors activities, thus concluding a three-year cycle dedicated to Southeast Asia and Mongolia. The co-production Hub and producer’s Lab will take place during the 74th Locarno Film Festival from Augu...

Pardo alla carriera to Dante Spinotti

The Italian cinematographer will receive the Festival’s Pardo alla carriera achievement award on Thursday 12 August in Piazza Grande. The 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will feature screenings of a pair of landmark titles that reflect his tireless artistic research on light in film and his creative partnership with Michael Mann: The Insider (1999) and Heat (1995). Spinotti himself will round off the tribute by taking part in a panel conversation with t...

The Locarno Industry Academy arrives in Africa

  The Locarno Film Festival is pleased to announce the first edition of the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy, in collaboration with the Realness Institute of Africa. The 2021 edition of the ongoing training project for young film industry professionals will take place online from 26 September to 2 October 2021 and will welcome participants from all over the African continent.  The Locarno Industry Academy is the workshop of Locarno...

Annual General Meeting of the Locarno Film Festival

The Annual General Meeting of the Locarno Film Festival was held on Wednesday 14 April in the form of a live webcast chaired by President Marco Solari. Newly appointed Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro presented the plans for the 74th edition, which must mark an opportunity for a major revival of the culture in Switzerland. During the online session the AGM also examined prospects for further development of the event and received the Festival’s first s...

Locarno74 to introduce new auteur shorts competition: Corti d’autore

Pardi di domani, the short film section of the Locarno Film Festival, is to be enhanced by a new competitive program, Corti d’autore, reserved for short works by auteur filmmakers already established on the international scene. The Artistic Director and his team are currently engaged in preparations for a 2021 edition that hopefully will be a grand relaunch towards the future. The new competition will open a significant window of opportunity to take part in the Festival for high-pro...

Writer Nicola Lagioia to be spotlighted by eighth edition of L’immagine e la parola

  The eighth edition of the Locarno Film Festival’s springtime event L’immagine e la parola will begin on 27 March. The focus for its regular interdisciplinary look at film and literature will be the Italian writer Nicola Lagioia, winner of the Strega Prize in 2015 for his novel La ferocia (Ferocity) and director of the Turin International Book Fair. The event will be held online, hosted on the Festival website. L’immagine e la parola will also prov...

A graphic and futuristic leopard on the Locarno74 poster

  With a leopard along futuristic lines, paying homage to the magic of the cinema on film, Swiss artist Luciano Baragiola has won first place in the competition for the design of the new poster of the Locarno Film Festival. There were nearly a thousand entries, sent in by graphic designers, artists, illustrators and passionate movie fans on every continent, with an age range from 6 to 74 — confirming the intergenerational appeal and global reach of the Festival, as well as the intens...

His name is Lattuada: the Locarno74 Retrospective

Giona A. Nazzaro, Roberto Turigliatto and Olaf Möller present the Retrospective of Locarno74 The Retrospective of the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (4-14 August), curated by Roberto Turigliatto at the behest of newly-appointed Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro, will be dedicated to director Alberto Lattuada, an often under-rated filmmaker whose productive and fascinating career traversed more than four decades of Italian cinema, from his 1943 debut Giacomo l’idealist...

The Locarno Film Festival announces its new selection committees, led by Giona A. Nazzaro

  Giona A. Nazzaro, newly appointed Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival, has picked the two selection committees to work alongside him in drawing up the program for Locarno74. His choice was endorsed by the Executive Board, and the call for entries has been brought forward to allow the new team to begin work on the selection process very soon. The new selection committees, ratified by the Executive Board of the Locarno Film Festival, will work alongside Giona A. Nazzar...

Giona A. Nazzaro appointed as new Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival

At its meeting on Wednesday 4 November 2020, the Board of Directors of the Locarno Film Festival decided unanimously to appoint Giona A. Nazzaro (LEFT) as the new Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival. Giona A. Nazzaro has been General Delegate of the International Film Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival since 2016 and is a member of the artistic committee of IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam. Born in Zurich in 1965, he has a degree in German and ...

Nadia Dresti appointed interim head of artistic direction of the Locarno Film Festival

Nadia Dresti appointed interim head of artistic direction of the Locarno Film Festival and coordination of Locarno Pro for the coming weeks The Executive Board of the Locarno Film Festival, under President Marco Solari, has conducted an initial, in-depth appraisal of succession planning for the role of Artistic Director, reaching a series of conclusions that will be put before the Board of Directors at its next meeting. The Executive Board also took the decision to appoint Nadia Dresti as int...

Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films wrapped a very special edition

Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films wraps up a special edition of the Locarno Film Festival in the year of the global pandemic With Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films, the Festival has managed a positive performance in terms of both audience participation – online and in theaters – and international attention from professionals across the sector and worldwide. A hybrid edition, for which the last physical screenings took place yesterday, 15 August, was p...

From Switzerland to Argentina, the Locarno 2020 verdict on the films of the future

Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films: award winners at the special edition Two female gazes, stretching from Switzerland to Argentina, have won the Pardi 2020 awards – each worth 70,000 Swiss francs – for productions halted by the COVID-19 crisis. The international jury for The Films After Tomorrow – made up of Nadav Lapid, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and Kelly Reichardt – picked out Chocobar, by acclaimed Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, a political docume...

From Switzerland to Argentina, the Locarno 2020 verdict on the films of the future

Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films: award winners at the special edition Two female gazes, stretching from Switzerland to Argentina, have won the Pardi 2020 awards – each worth 70,000 Swiss francs – for productions halted by the COVID-19 crisis. The international jury for The Films After Tomorrow – made up of Nadav Lapid, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and Kelly Reichardt – picked out Chocobar, by acclaimed Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, a political docume...

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