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Interview with Locarno Film Festival’s Artistic Director Lili Hinstin

In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Locarno Film Festival’s Artistic Director Lili Hinstin says Federal Council in Switzerland and Locarno will adopt measures to support culture and filmmakers.   The global recession following the pandemic has impacted arts funding all over the world, but in Switzerland, the government wants to help. In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Lili Hinstin, Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival, tells C.M.Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld,...

Focus on Heritage Online the new Locarno Film Festival initiative

Heritage Online is a new Locarno Film Festival initiative: a digitally based service dedicated to extending the outreach and distribution of Heritage Films through Video on Demand, expanding the range of titles offered by such services.   What is Heritage Online?  1. A year-round database of international film heritage, where VOD broadcasters will be able to watch available titles, see detailed technical information including availability of films in the various territor...

Locarno73 cancelled, the Festival is launching Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films

  The Locarno Leopard and the shape of cinema to come With Locarno73 cancelled, the Festival is temporarily reinventing itself by launching Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films Having acknowledged that it is impossible to hold the physical event in its usual form, because of the ongoing health crisis and today’s decisions by federal authorities regarding major events in Switzerland, the Executive Board and Board of Governors of the Locarno Film Festival, unde...

Locarno 72 Thank You and Goodbye

    The Best of Locarno72   The Locarno Film Festival is a show and like every show it needs an audience...

VIDEO Slideshow from the awards ceremony: emotions in motion!

Photo credits Locarno Fest Slideshow by Bruno Chatelin ...

VIDEO: The Best of Locarno 2019

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VIDEO : Vitalina Varela, Locarno best actress, in tears, expressing her gratitude

Few words can describe the life of Vitalina Varela (pictured with Pedro Costa credit Locarno Festival), her journey, her wait. Few words can comment on our chat with her, interrupted by a violent emotion that was too strong to hold in, inside a body and a heart that only one person could recount: her. Vitalina won best actress and the film VITALINA VARELA (by Pedro Costa, Portugal) received the Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard), Grand Prize of the City of Locarno   ...

The first edition of Locarno Fest under Artistic Director Lili Hinstin has drawn to a close

The 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival wrapped this past week end.  © Locarno Film Festival     Yesterday, Saturday 17 August, saw the final awards ceremony of the 72nd Locarno Film Festival as the 2019 event drew to a close – the eagerly awaited first edition with Lili Hinstin as Artistic Director. The winner of the Prix du Public UBS was also announced last night in Piazza Grande, wi...

Open Doors Award Ceremony

photo: © Samuel Golay / Locarno Film Festival The Open Doors Grant, totalling CHF 50,000, co-financed by the Swiss film production fund Visions Sud Est – with the backing of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) – and the City of Bellinzona, goes to Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak (Indonesia/Singapore). the prizewinners of the international coproduction platform Open Doors Hub and the producers training workshop Open D...

The 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival closes this evening with the award winners

© Locarno Film Festival   The 2019 edition, the first under the artistic direction of Lili Hinstin, ended successfully and awarded the Pardo d'oro to VITALINA VARELA by Pedro Costa. It’s no easy task to single out one moment to encapsulate and tell the story of eleven days of the Festival. Locarno72 brought 246 films and 432 screenings. There was the tenderness of Fredi M. Murer and the true grit of Hilary Swank, the understanding between SONG Kang-ho...

LOCARNO 2019 | Régis Myrupu wins the Leopard for Best Actor for The Fever and gets the FIPRESCI Award

            The Fever, by Maya Da-Rin, won the Best Actor Award for Regis Myrupu at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival. THE FEVER was also awarded by the Independent Juries with the FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of Film Societies) and the Special prize environment and quality of life of the Junior Jury.     The film will now have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.   The Fever is produced by th...

The complete retro of the films of John Waters was an outstanding highlight

In a year with unusually rich programming the complete retro of the films of John Waters was an outstanding highlight -- Pink Flamingos and all the rest.  It was more than high time for Waters, the foremost American cinema satirist of the XXc. to finally gain recognition at a major film festival.  Locarno is highly to be congratulated for having the savvy to take the initiative. Let it be noted that Waters' brand of humor in a jugular vein is deeply rooted in an American slang...

The Moving Ahead Award goes to THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (Single Channel) by Ja’Tovia M. Gary

Locarno Film Festival’s Moving Ahead Award for the Best Film has been granted to THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (Single Channel) by Ja’Tovia M. Gary. Two special mentions also go to THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER by Jessica Sarah Rinland and to SHĀN ZHĪ BĚI (Osmosis) by ZHOU Tao. The Moving Ahead section aims to explore film’s frontier territories, engaging with new forms of narration and innovation in filmic language. This year’s jury is made up ...

John Waters - Pardo d'onore in Locarno

© Marco Abram / Locarno Film Festival John Waters is like fly paper. If you meet him, bump into him or listen to him, you will not be able to shake him off. Armed with irreverence, bluntness and happiness, the Pope of Trash has the strength of truth an the power of simplicity. It's his truth, of course, but it's so infectious and proud that is seems global. Unfiltered yet elegant, every word is an embroidery on a jacket no one could wear without looking ridiculous. Except for him...

SONG Kang-Ho - Excellence Award - Locarno Film Festival 72

Locarno72 will pay tribute to SONG Kang-ho as winner of this year’s Excellence Award, with the South Korean actor as a guest in Piazza Grande on Monday, 12 August. The Locarno Film Festival Excellence Award for SONG Kang-ho is the first dedicated to an Asian film personality. Locarno72 will pay tribute to SONG Kang-ho as winner of this year’s Excellence Award, with the South Korean actor as a guest in Piazza Grande on Monday, 12 August. The Locarno Film Festival Excellence Award for...

Hilary Swank received the Leopard Club Award in Locarno "Telling stories that need to be told is my biggest passion"

Named after the supporting association of the Festival, the Leopard Club Award pays tribute to someone in film whose work has left a mark on the collective imagination.    foto: © Sabine Cattaneo / Locarno Film Festival You saw her on the red carpet and in Piazza Grande: magnificent, strong, entertaining. We all know her on the screen, be it the ferocious youth of Boys Don't Cry or the broken adrenalin rush of Million Dollar Baby. In the silence of a one-on-one interv...

Highlights from 72nd Locarno Film Festival - Day Two

Presentation new Solothurner Filmtage Artistic Director: Anita Hugi photo: © Samuel Golay / Locarno Film Festival       Premio Raimondo Rezzonico - Kompizen Film photo: © Samuel Golay / Locarno Film Festival     Press meeting Federal Office of Culture   photo: © Samuel Golay / Locarno Film Festival   ...

Emerging cinema, times 42 : Locarno Academy Participants Announced

  Here's the Locarno Academy 2019. Or rather, the three Locarno Academies 2019. These are t...

The official program of the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival has been announced

The official program of the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival was announced at a press conference today, Wednesday 17 July. Also announced were the Leopard Club Award to Hilary Swank, the Vision Award Ticinomoda to Claire Atherton, the Premio Utopia to enrico ghezzi and the Premio Cinema Ticino to Fulvio Bernasconi. The 72nd edition was presented by Locarno’s new artistic director Lili Hinstin. Download the complete program here. The Leopard Club Awar...

Locarno Talks la Mobiliare: the emotions of the future

Thinking about the future through the full range of emotions that we feel when we share hopes and visions. For the third edition of "Locarno Talks la Mobiliare", from 15 to 17 August, personalities from the arts and sciences will once again take part in a series of panel discussions on social and political issues. Each guest will bring his or her perspective to the table, but all share the desire to find the necessary “common ground” to plan for our tomorrow. Which is why t...

Locarno Pro presents the new U30 project

Locarno Pro is set to launch a new project that will give voice to the new generation of film professionals, listening to their opinions on the challenges posed by current changes in the industry. Named U30, the project will involve 24 participants, all aged under 30, recruited from Locarno Industry Academy International initiatives around the world. They will meet up during the Locarno Film Festival for an exchange of views and ideas on the theme The Audience of the Future. Loc...

Pardo alla carriera 2019 to Fredi M. Murer

Locarno 72 will pay tribute to Fredi M. Murer with the Festival’s Pardo alla carriera. The Swiss director, screenwriter, photographer and graphic artist will be a guest in Piazza Grande on Thursday 15 August. The tribute to the Swiss master will be accompanied by screenings of some of the landmark titles from his more than forty years of friendship with the Festival: Grauzone (1979), Wir Bergler in den Bergen sind eigentlich nicht schuld, dass wir da sind ...

Locarno 72 unveils Black Light Retrospective line-up

Featured titles will be announced today for the Black Light Retrospective, bringing to the Gran Rex theater an unprecedented overview of Black film in the 20th century. Piazza Grande will pay its own homage to the Retrospective with a Prefestival screening on Tuesday 6 August of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) presenting the restored copy on the occasion of the...

Lili Hinstin is named new Artistic Director of the Locarno Festival, to replace Carlo Chatrian

Lili Hinstin will be the new Artistic director of the Locarno Festival, replacing Carlo Chatrian who is leaving Locarno to take over the artistic direction of the Berlinale. Hinstin will take up her appointment from December 1st 2018, while already devoting part of her time to the preparation of the next edition of the Locarno Festival, assisted by the teams of both the Chief Operating Officer and the Artistic Direction, together with the staff of the President’s Offi...


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