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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

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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

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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...

The 71st edition of the Locarno Festival, the last under the Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian

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The prizes were awarded to the winners of the 71st Locarno Festival. The 2018 edition, the sixth and last under the artistic direction of Carlo Chatrian, confirms its expectations. President Marco Solari officially closed the 71st Locarno Festival: “Once the 71st edition is over, the presidency and the Executive Board will focus during the week on the succession of Carlo Chatrian, to whom is owed the gratitude of all the governing bodies of our event. At the meeting of August 24 we h...

The 71st edition of the Locarno Festival closed: the award winners

      The 2018 edition, the sixth and last under the artistic direction of Carlo Chatrian, ended successfully and was crowned with the Pardo d'oro for A LAND IMAGINED by the director YEO Siew Hua. 293 films were shown in less than two weeks, 18 under the sky of Piazza Grande and 15 in the Concorso internazionale: among this year's star guests were the unforgettable greetings from Ethan Hawke and Ted Hope in Piazza G...

The Signs of Life Award to HAI SHANG CHENG SHI (The Fragile House)

 Locarno Festival’s Signs of Life Award ELECTRONIC-ART.FOUNDATION to the Best Film has been granted to HAI SHANG CHENG SHI (The Fragile House) by LIN Zi.   Signs of Life aims to explore new grounds, narrative forms and innovative cinematic languages. Originally out-of-competition when founded in 2014, Signs of Life is a competitive section since last year. This year’s jury is composed by Emilie Bujès, festival director ...

SWAN and Locarno Festival sign Pledge for Parity and Equality

At the initiative of the Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network (SWAN) Locarno Festival President Marco Solari and Vice President Carla Speziali will gather on August 5th during the 71st Locarno Festival to sign the Programming Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in Cinema Festivals for new commitments for parity and equality in the industry. Locarno will be the first A list Festival after Cannes Film Festival to sign the Pledge, as well as the first Swiss film festi...

Locarno 71st edition ready to kick off: meet the jury

meet the Concorso internazionale Jury Jia Zhang-ke Filmmaker (Cina) President of jury Emmanuel Carrère Writer (France) Sean Baker Filmmaker (USA) Tizza Covi Filmmaker (Italy / Austria) Isabella Ragonese Actress (Italy)   ...

Locarno 2018 Vision Award 2018 to Kyle Cooper

  © Collection Cinémathèque suisse. All rights reserved.   Locarno71 will pay homage to Kyle Cooper with the Vision Award Ticinomoda, dedicated to those who have used their talents to create new perspectives in the world of cinema. The U.S. filmmaker and graphic designer will be a guest in Piazza Grande on Sunday 5 August and the tribute will be accompanied by a screening of the film Se7en. Born in 196...

The Locarno 2018 Leopard Club Award to Meg Ryan

The witty character with that unique ability to combine beauty with irony. For years she has been the undisputed queen of romantic comedy but has also been able, over time, to take on other genres such as dramas and thrillers. The fact that Meg Ryan occupies a central position in the popular collective imagination is demonstrated by the gallery of characters who have enlivened films and have become - in their field - cult films. Just think of the triptych of films that were bor...

The Locarno 2018 Best Independent Producer Award to US producer Ted Hope

The Best Independent Producer Award 2018 “Premio Raimondo Rezzonico”, the Locarno Festival award dedicated to those involved in independent international production, will go to the US producer Ted Hope. He, who has been able to credit the history of independent cinema, bringing new and unexpected voices into the spotlight, will receive the award in Piazza Grande on Thursday, August 2. On Friday August 3, at 10.30 am, the Festival public will have the chance to attend a conversation...

Open Doors 2017: Exploring South Asia (Year 2)

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The second year of Open Doors in South Asia: sharing visions, building film industries. 8 countries 8 film projects 8 proactive producers 22 films Directed by Ricardo Torres 70th Locarno Festival 2 – 12 | 8 | 2017 ...

Locarno Submissions Open Doors 2018

Open Doors is looking for South Asian talents for its co-production platform and producers lab, wrapping its 3-year cycle in the region.   Since 2016, Open Doors has been dedicating its program to 8 countries in the South Asian region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.   In 2018, Open Doors is wrapping its focus, opening all its activities to the 8 countries at the...

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