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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...

Locarno 2016 events August 10

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    Tonight on the Red Carpet Presentation Open Doors The winners of Open Doors Hub: THE RED PHALLUS DAY AFTER TOMORROW  The Delegazione of HEMA HEMA: SING ME A SONG WHILE I WAIT  The Delegazione of VOR DER MORGENRÖTE  Access to the Media Line is only possible with TV + PHOTO pass available at the Press Office at Palazzo Sopracenerina.   Additional Screenings, 10 August LA PRUNELLE DE MES YEUX, by Axelle Ropert: Rialto 1 at 11.0...

Locarno 2016 events August 9

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  Tonight on the Red Carpet The Delegation of INIMI CICATRIZATE (Scarred Hearts) The Delegation of AL MA’ WAL KHODRA WAL WAJH EL HASSAN (Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces) The Delegation of FESTA The Delegation of WHERE IS ROCKY II The Delegation of LE CIEL ATTENDRA  Access to the Media Line is only possible with TV + PHOTO pass available at the Press Office at Palazzo Sopracenerina.   PROGRAM CHANGEMENT, 9 August VOR DER MORGENRÖ...

Locarno 2016 events August 8

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    Piazza Grande Events, 8 August LE CIEL ATTENDRA by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar   Special Events/Conversations with guest 8 August, 10.30, Spazio Cinema (FORUM) Conversation with Mario Adorf (Pardo alla carriera) Hosted by Roberto Turigliatto and Giona Nazzaro 8 August, 17.30, Sport Café  First Look Award Ceremony   Press Screenings (Teatro Kursaal) 8 August, 09.00, Concorso internazionale MARIJA by Michael Koch 8 August...

Locarno 2016 events August 7

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  Piazza Grande Events, 7 August PAULA by Christian Schwochow  AM TAG, ALS DER REGEN KAM by Gerd Oswald Presentation Retrospettiva and Pardo alla carriera to Mario Adorf    Special Events/Conversations with guest 7 August, 11.30, Spazio Cinema (Forum) Conversation with Harvey Keitel Hosted by Dennis Lim 7 August, 17.30, Spazio RSI (La Magnolia) European Casting Director Awards Ceremony, with the presence of Clotilde Courau Hosted by Fionnual...

Locarno 2016 events August 6

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  Piazza Grande Events, 6 August CESSEZ-LE-FEU by Emmanuel Courcol  DANS LA FORÊT by Gilles Marchand    Special Events/Conversations with guests 6 August, 11.00, Spazio Cinema (FORUM) Conversation with Stefania Sandrelli Hosted by Steve Della Casa 6 August, 13.00, Spazio Cinema (FORUM) Red Bull Music Academy presents A Conversation with Gaspar Noé Hosted by Torsten Schmidt   Press Screenings (Teatro Kursaal) 6 August, 09....

LOcarno 2016 events August 5

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  Highlight The conversation with Jane Birkin tomorrow at 10.30 (Spazio Cinema Forum) has been canceled. The conversation will take place at 16.15 at Palavideo and it will be followed by the screening of LA FILLE PRODIGUE by Jacques Doillon   Piazza Grande Events, 5 August JASON BOURNE by Paul Greengrass INTERCHANGE by Dain Iskandar Said  Leopard Club Award to Stefania Sandrelli   Special Events/Conversations with guests 5 August, 11.00,...

Locarno 2016 events August 4

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  Piazza Grande Events, 4 August MOKA by Frédéric Mermoud Premio Raimondo Rezzonico to David Linde    Special Events/Conversations with guests 4 August, 12.00, Spazio RSI (La Magnolia) Conversation with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Yann Coridian Hosted by Marco Zucchi and Daniele Rauseo 4 August, 13.30, Spazio Cinema (FORUM) Conversation with Bill Pullman (Excellence Award Moët & Chandon) Hosted by Eric Kohn   Press Screening...

Locarno opens tonight

  Piazza Grande Events, 3 August The opening ceremony will take place Wednesday 3 August on the Piazza Grande at 21.30.  Presentation of the official juries of the three competitions  Excellence Award Moët & Chandon to Bill Pullman Screening of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by Colm McCarthy    Press Screenings (Teatro Kursaal) 3, August, 12.00 Cinema Ex*Rex, Fuori Concorso UN JUIF POUR L’EXEMPLE by Jacob Berger 3 August, 13.30,...

Harvey Keitel to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award

          Locarno69 celebrates and pays tribute to the multi-faceted talents of a major actor: Harvey Keitel. In addition to the awards ceremony on the Piazza Grande on August 6, the tribute will also include a screening of Smoke by Wayne Wang, winner of the Prix du Public UBS at Locarno in 1995.   He is the face of Sport, The Wolf, Hal, Charlie, Auggie, Rocco or simply the “lieutenant”. Locarno is awarding one of the greatest of H...

AFTERLOV receives Locarno World Premiere

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  AFTERLOV, the debut feature from Greek director Stergios Paschos, will receive its world premiere in the Locarno International Film Festival’s "Concorso Cineasti del Presente" on 8 August, 2016.  Greek sales company Heretic Outreach have come on board to handle worldwide sales, with all territories available. It’s summertime - a time when Athens feels hotter than the desert.  Nikos, a broke 30-year-old musician, is chilling poolside and drinking cocktails...

Public lecture with Gaspar Noé in Locarno

          To mark the second year of the collaboration with Red Bull Music Academy, the Festival del film Locarno is pleased to announce a public lecture with Argentinian auteur Gaspar Noé, taking place on Saturday, August 6.    Gaspar Noé is one of the m...

Roger Corman, guest of honor at the Filmmakers Academy

    Roger Corman will be paid tribute during the 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno via screenings of two of his films. Guest of honor at the Filmmakers Academy, the training project for young directors, Corman has long been considered a cult filmmaker who helped change the way films are conceived, produced and directed.  As director and screenwriter he made a long series of films whose low-budget model combined principles of quality and popular appeal in unprec...

Pardo d’onore Swisscom to Alejandro Jodorowsky

    © Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky Filmmaker, writer, poet and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky will be awarded with a Pardo d’onore Swisscom at the 69th Festival del film Locarno. In addition to a selection of his films and the award ceremony on the Piazza Grande, Jodorowsky will also participate in a conversation open to all festival-goers. As son of Russian immigrants exiled in Chile, Alejandro Jodorowsky began his artistic career as a puppeteer, poet and thea...

The new film by Douglas Gordon with Jonas Mekas will open the section Cineasti del presente 2016

    The Concorso Cineasti del presente will open with a film that is unique in its protagonists and for the concept that is the basis for the project. I Had Nowhere To Go by the filmmaker and video artist Douglas Gordon is based on Jonas Mekas's diary. “I Had Nowhere To Go is his story of exile; brought on by the horrors of the twentieth century, propelled by the need to create rather than destroy, to move on, to make sense... or not, where bewilderment is more h...

European Casting Director Award in Locarno

          The Festival del film Locarno launches the first European Casting Director Award, in partnership with the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN).   The ICDN, founded in 2005 in the context of the European Shooting Stars (EFP) at the Berlinale, is the first association to focus on casting directors on a worldwide scale. The ICDN seeks to improve the standards of the profession, to help shape film policy and processes, to pro...

Locarno’s First Look initiative (6 – 8 August) turns the spotlight on Polish Cinema

  6 Polish films in post-production in Locarno       OSTATNIA RODZINA (The Last Family) by Jan P. Matuszyński     For its sixth edition, the Festival del film Locarno’s First Look initiative (6 – 8 August) turns the spotlight on Polish Cinema. Thanks to a partnership with the Polish Film Institute and Fundacja Polskie Centrum Audiowizualne, this year's First Look will present 6 films in post-production chosen by the Festiv...

Khyentse Norbu's "Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait", a world premiere at the Open Doors Screenings in Locarno

          One region, four countries, twenty-one films, and a world premiere. This is the Open Doors Screenings 2016, a platform for talent of contemporary cinema in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal.   For Open Doors to extend its purview to exciting developments in young national cinemas, such as those of southern Asia, is nothing new. But a world premiere at the Open Doors Screenings certainly is. This is the case with Hema Hema: Sing ...

Locarno: The Leopard Club Award 2016 goes to Stefania Sandrelli

          © Photo by Marco Rossi – Courtesy S. Ferragina     The 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will pay tribute to the dearly beloved Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli who this year celebrates her 55 years' career and her “70th springtime”. She will receive the Leopard Club Award 2016 on the Piazza Grande, on Friday, August 5.   A key player in the great era of Italian cinema, an...

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