Locarno unveils its programme
by Giorgia Del Don
- The Locarno International Film Festival has today announced the programme for its 67th edition, as well as the prizes to be awarded to Juliette Binoche, Armin Miûeller-Stahl and Mia Farrow
As specified by Carlo Chatrian, director of the Locarno International Film Festival (6-16 August 2014), in his second year, “the programme this year supports coming together, sharing and exchange”. Faithful to its image as a friendly and spontaneous festival and as a meeting place for the exchange of creative ideas, this 67th edition strives to be free and open to a range of proposals. A key element of this is the retrospective devoted to the Titanus production house, a workshop in which popular and auteur cinema are mutually enriched.
Agnès Varda, Leopard of Honour, is held up as a symbol of this 67th edition that pays tribute to Nouvelle Vague. On the subject Carlo Chatrian said: “It's precisely this experience of total freedom and the crossover of styles that is central to this year's programme.”
At the Piazza Grande, an enormous open air cinema, we will find, alongside US super productions (like The Hundred-Foot Journey by Lasse Hallström), a rather impressive number of European films among which are three Swiss productions: Clouds of Sils Maria [+see also:
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film profile] by French director Olivier Assayas (present at the festival), Schweizer Helden by Peter Luisi, and Pause, the first work by Mathieu Urfer from Lausanne. French film enthusiasts will also be spoilt for choice with the screening, in addition to Clouds of Sils Maria, The Beaches of Agnes [+see also:
film profile] by Agnès Varda and Lucy [+see also:
film profile] (opening film by Luc Besson), of another French production: Marie Huertin by Jean-Pierre Améris.
European films also bear a strong presence in the international competition which, faithful to the festival values, will show, alongside works by internationally renowned directors like Horse Money by Pedro Costa, Nuits blanches sur la jetée by Paul Vecchiali, or even La sapienza by Eugène Green, first works like Fidelio, Alice's Odyssey, by French Lucie Borleteau. Switzerland will be well represented thanks to The Shelter, the final work in the trilogy by Fernand Melgar and Cure – The Life of Another, by Andrea Staka, winner of the Golden Leopard in 2007 with his Fräulein [+see also:
There will be no shortage of movies in the Film-makers of the Present Competition which even though it favours non-European production, by taking us on a journey to faraway lands like Japan, Malaysia or even South America, this year is putting forward three French productions and one Swiss one, all first works by emerging directors. Finally, we couldn't forget the Leopards of Tomorrow, a competition (of short and medium-length films) not to be missed by movie-lovers who want to discover up and coming new talents. The icing on the cake of this competition is Thirst by American Rachel McDonald starring Melanie Griffith as the main character. Finally, worth mentioning out of competition is the screening (as world or international premiere) of films by fantastic European artists like Homo Faber (trois femmes) by Swiss documentary-maker Richard Dindo or even Goodbye to Language [+see also:
film profile] by Jean-Luc Godard, Jury Prize ex-aequo at the last Cannes Film Festival.
The full programme for the 67th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival is available here (in Italian).
(Translated from Italian)