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LOCARNO 2015

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The 68th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival unveils its programme

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- The Locarno International Film Festival promises a rich, hot-off-the-press programme guided by a strong sense of sharing

The 68th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival unveils its programme
Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari

In the words of Carlo Chatrian, the artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival: “Overcome by the orgy of images we’re surrounded by constantly, cinema is perhaps no longer the home of the world; yet the world still desperately needs a home”.

This 68th edition of the Festival emphasises the important of cinema as a way of taking on and analysing a world which often gets dangerously out of hand. From this point of view cinema becomes a sort of welcoming place imbued with strong emotions and collective memories (small and big stories) to share together. Every year the Locarno Film Festival boosts its programme with awards, tributes and cycles that demonstrate its desire to reinterpret the history of cinema.

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Marco Bellocchio (Swisscom Leopard of Honour), Michael Cimino (Swisscom Leopard of Honour), Marlen Khutsiev (Career Leopard), Bulle Ogier (Career Leopard), Edward Norton (Excellence Award Moët & Chandon), Andy Garcia (Leopard Club Award), Walter Murch (Vision Award Nescens) and Georges Schwizgebel (Swiss cinema rediscovered tribute), are just some of the guests of honour and spokespersons for this year’s edition, which sees cinema as a mirror of the world.

The evocative Piazza Grande competition will feature a host of American, Indian and Brazilian productions, along with a large number of European films, including The Secret Ways, and Floride [+see also:
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, both French films, by Pascal Magontier and Philippe Le Guay respectivelyDer Staat gegen Fritz Bauer [+see also:
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interview: Lars Kraume
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by German director Lars Kraume, Austrian film Jack [+see also:
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by Elisabeth Scharang, and Pastorale Cilientana by Mario Martone.

The International Competition will also feature a number of European productions: Bella e Perduta [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello ­
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by Italian director Pietro Marcello, the Spanish O Futebol [+see also:
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interview: Sergio Oksman
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by Sergio OksmanSuite Armoricaine [+see also:
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 by French-born director Pascale Breton, British feature film The Sky Trembles And The Earth is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers [+see also:
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 by Ben Rivers, Greek film Chevalier [+see also:
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by Athina Rachel Tsangari, and six co-productions: Brat Dejan [+see also:
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by Bukar Bakuradze (Russia/Serbia), Cosmos [+see also:
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by Andrzej Zulawsk (France/Portugal), Ma Dar Behesht (Paradise) [+see also:
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 by Stina Ataeian Dena (Iran/Germany), No Home Movie [+see also:
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 by Chantal Akerman (Belgium/France), Schneider Vs. Bax [+see also:
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 by Alex van Warmerdam (the Netherlands/Belgium), Sulanga Gini Aran [+see also:
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 (Dark in the White Light) by Vimukthi Jayasundara (Sri Lanka/France) and Te prometo anarquìa [+see also:
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 by Julio Hernàndez Cordòn (Mexico/Germany).

There is also a strong presence of European productions and co-productions in the Cineasts of the present competition: there’s the German Der Nachtmahr [+see also:
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 by AKIZ, French films Dom Juan [+see also:
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interview: Vincent Macaigne ­
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 by Vincent Macaigne and Le grand jeu [+see also:
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 by Nicolas PariserDead Slow Ahead [+see also:
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interview: Mauro Herce
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 by Mauro Herce (Spain/France), Moj Brate – Mio Fratello [+see also:
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 by Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti (Italy/Canada/Bosnia-Herzegovina), Olmo & The Seagull [+see also:
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 by Petra Costa and Lea Glob (Denmark/Brazil/Portugal/France), and Siembra [+see also:
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by Angela Osorio Rojas and Santiago Lozano Alvarez (Colombia/Germany).

A number of Swiss films will also be screened in Piazza Grande and the dark theatres of Locarno. Heimatland [+see also:
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interview: Carmen Jaquier and Lionel R…
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, a collective feature film made by ten young directors and producers from Contrast Film (Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Jan Gassmann, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Michael Krummenacher, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp and Mike Scheiwiller) is the only Swiss film competing in the International Competition, but other films of undoubted merit will be screened in the various parallel (competitive) sections. These include Belgian-Swiss-French co-production Keeper [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Senez ­
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
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 by Belgian director Guillaume Senez (competing in the Cineasts of the present section), and the highly anticipated Amnesia [+see also:
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 by Barbet Schroeder and Vanity [+see also:
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 by Lionel Baier (competing in the Piazza Grande, in its Swiss premiere), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Also competing in the Piazza Grande competition will be animated short film Erlkönig by Georges Schwizgebel.

The three Swiss documentaries About Heaven [+see also:
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 by Stéphane Goël, French-Swiss co-production The Woods Dreams are Made of [+see also:
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 by Claire Simon, and Yes No Maybe [+see also:
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 di Kaspar Kasics will instead be shown out of competition. The Swiss Panorama section will showcase 12 very recent Swiss productions that were selected at the Solothurn Film Festival by the Swiss Film Academy and SWISS FILMS. Critics’ Week will include two Swiss (documentary) productions: The Day The Sun Fell [+see also:
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 by Aya Domenig and Lampedusa in Winter [+see also:
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 by Jakob Brossmann.

International Competition
Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
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 - Pietro Marcello (Italy)
Brother Dejan [+see also:
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 - Bakur Bakuradze (Russia/Serbia)
Chevalier [+see also:
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 - Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece)
Cosmos [+see also:
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 - Andrzej Zulawski (France/Portugal)
Entertainment - Rick Alverson (USA)
Happy Hour - Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan)
Wonderland [+see also:
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 - Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Jan Gassmann, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Michael Krummenacher, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller (Switzerland/Germany)
James White - Josh Mond (USA)
Right Now, Wrong Then - Sangsoo Hong (South Korea)
Ma Dar Behesht (Paradise) [+see also:
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 - Sina Ataeian Dena (Iran/Germany)
No Home Movie [+see also:
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 - Chantal Akerman (Belgium/France)
On Footbol [+see also:
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interview: Sergio Oksman
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 - Sergio Oksman (Spain)
Schneider Vs. Bax [+see also:
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interview: Alex van Warmerdam
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 - Alex van Warmerdam (Netherlands/Belgium)
Suite Armoricaine [+see also:
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 - Pascale Breton (France)
Sulanga Gini Aran [+see also:
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 (Dark in the White Light) - Vimukthi Jayasundara (Sri Lanka/France)
Te Prometo Anarquia [+see also:
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 - Julio Hernández Cordón (Mexico/Germany)
The Sky Trembles And The Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers [+see also:
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 - Ben Rivers (UK)
Tikkun - Avishai Sivan (Israel)

Piazza Grande
Amnesia [+see also:
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 - Barbet Schroeder (Switzerland/France)
Bombay Velvet - Anurag Kashyap (India)
Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer [+see also:
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interview: Lars Kraume
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 - Lars Kraume (Germany)
Floride [+see also:
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 - Philippe Le Guay (France)
Guibord s’en va-t-en-guerre - Philippe Falardeau (Canada)
Heliopolis, dir Sérgio Machado (Brazil)
Pugni In Tasca - Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
Jack [+see also:
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 - Elisabeth Scharang (Austria)
La Belle Saison [+see also:
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 - Catherine Corsini (France)
Vanity [+see also:
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interview: Lionel Baier
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 - Lionel Baier (Switzerland/France)
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, dir Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (USA)
The Laundryman, dir Lee Chung (Taiwan)
Ricki and the Flash - Jonathan Demme (USA)
Southpaw - Antoine Fuqua (USA)
The Deer Hunter - Michael Cimino (UK/USA)
Trainwreck - Judd Apatow (USA)

Cineasts Of the Present Competition
Dead Slow Ahead [+see also:
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interview: Mauro Herce
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 - Mauro Herce (Spain/France)
Der Nachtmahr [+see also:
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 - Akiz (Germany)
Dom Juan [+see also:
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interview: Vincent Macaigne ­
film profile
]
 - Vincent Macaigne (France)
Dream Land - Steve Chen (Cambodia/US)
El Movimiento - Benjamín Naishtat (Argentina/South Korea)
Keeper [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Guillaume Senez ­
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
film profile
]
- Guillaume Senez (Belgium/Switzerland/France)
Le Grand Jeu [+see also:
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 - Nicolas Pariser (France)
Les Etres Chers -  Anne Émond (Canada)
Lu Bian Ye Can (Kaili Blues) -  Bi Gan (China)
Moj Brate – Mio Fratello [+see also:
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 - Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti (Italy/Canada/Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Olmo & The Seagull [+see also:
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 - Petra Costa, Lea Glob (Denmark/Brazil/Portugal/France)
Siembra [+see also:
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 - Ángela Osorio Rojas, Santiago Lozano Álvarez (Colombia/Germany)
The Waiting Room [+see also:
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- Igor Drljaca (Canada)
Thithi - Raam Reddy (India)

Signs of Life
88:88 - Isiah Medina (Canada)
Chi (Mr. Zhang Believes) - Qiu Jiongjiong (China)
Deux Remi, Deux [+see also:
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 - Pierre Léon (France/Switzerland)
L’Accademia Delle Muse [+see also:
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interview: José Luis Guerín ­
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 - José Luis Guerin (Spain)
L’Infinita Fabbrica Del Duomo [+see also:
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 - Martina Parenti, Massimo D’anolfi (Italy)
Machine Gun Or Typewriter - Travis Wilkerson (USA)
Recollection [+see also:
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 - Kamal Aljafari (Germany)
Slackjaw - Zach Weintraub (USA)

Out of Competition
Contre-pouvoirs [+see also:
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 - Malek Bensmaïl (Algeria/France)
About Heaven [+see also:
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- Stéphane Goël (Switzerland)
Parents [+see also:
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- Alberto Fasulo (Italy)
Dreams of the Salt Lake [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Segre
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- Andrea Segre (Italy)
Kaki Kouba - Kazuhiro Soda (Japan/USA) 
Kiev/Moscow. Part 1 - Elena Khoreva (Russia/Estonia/Ukraine)
The Woods Dreams are Made of [+see also:
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 - Claire Simon (France/Switzerland)
Romeo e Giulietta [+see also:
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 - Massimo Coppola (Italy)
Topophilia - Peter Bo Rappmund (USA)
Living the High Life [+see also:
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 - Fabio Leli (Italy)
Yes No Maybe [+see also:
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 - Kaspar Kasics (Switzerland)

(Translated from Italian)

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