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LOCARNO 2016 Parallel sections

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A raft of European films in the parallel sections of the Locarno Film Festival

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- Ken Loach, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Frédéric Mermoud are just some of the names that will light up the Piazza Grande for the 69th edition of the Locarno Film Festival

A raft of European films in the parallel sections of the Locarno Film Festival
The Girl With All the Gifts by Colm McCarthy

True to its traditional reputation as a festival keen to head off the beaten track, the new edition of the Locarno Film Festival (read news) will open its parallel sections up to films by both accomplished directors and auteurs who broke through at Locarno in the past, as well as young fledgling filmmakers.

The Piazza Grande will host 16 movies, two of which are dedicated to the history of cinema. Among them are arthouse films, such as Endless Poetry [+see also:
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by Alejandro Jodorowsky, highly anticipated blockbusters, like the post-apocalyptic The Girl With All the Gift [+see also:
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by Scottish director Colm McCarthy, in addition to more politically orientated works, the perfect example being Le ciel attendra [+see also:
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by French filmmaker Marie-Castille Mention Schaar

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In the Filmmakers of the Present competition, we find a total of 15 movies (13 of which will be having their world premieres) that come to the fore once again thanks to their sheer subversive power, and provide myriad powerful and varied perspectives on an uncertain present. Two Swiss films feature among them: Il nido [+see also:
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by young Swiss-Peruvian director Klaudia Reynicke and Pescatori di corpi [+see also:
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 by up-and-coming Italian director Michele Pennetta, an ECAL graduate. Meanwhile, the Signs of Life competition gathers together eight titles by young filmmakers who have taken on the important task of sketching out the guidelines for cinema to come.

There are also many events happening out of competition, including a major retrospective devoted to post-World War 2 German cinema, the Leopard of Honour being bestowed upon Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Excellence Award that will be handed to multifaceted actor Bill Pullman and the Pardo alla carriera (Lifetime Achievement Award) that will go to legendary German actor Mario Adorf, not to mention the Vision Award, which will serve to recognise iconic composer Howard Shore. Topping off this rich programme that gives much food for thought, we have the unmissable Panorama Suisse, which will present ten prime examples of Swiss films from this year.

Piazza Grande 

The Girl With All the Gifts [+see also:
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 – Colm McCarthy (UK)
Moka [+see also:
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 – Frédéric Mermoud (France/Switzerland)
Jason Bourne – Paul Greengrass (US)
Interchange – Dain Iskandar Said (Malaysia/Indonesia)
Cessez-le-feu [+see also:
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 – Emmanuel Courcol (France)
Dans la forêt [+see also:
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 – Gilles Marchand (France/Sweden)
Paula [+see also:
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 –
 Christian Schwochow (Germany/France)
Am Tag, als der Regen kam – Gerd Oswald (Germany)
Le Ciel attendra [+see also:
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 – Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (France)
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe [+see also:
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interview: Maria Schrader
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 – Maria Schrader (Germany/France/Austria)
Comboio de sal e açucar [+see also:
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 – Licinio Azevedo (Portugal/Mozambique/France/South Africa/Brazil)
I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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 – Ken Loach (UK/France/Belgium)
The Tunnel – Kim Seong-hun (South Korea)
Vincent [+see also:
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 – Christophe Van Rompaey (France/Belgium)
Endless Poetry [+see also:
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 – Alejandro Jodorowsky (France/Chile)
Mohenjo Daro – Ashutosh Gowariker (India)

Filmmakers of the Present

Afterlov [+see also:
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interview: Stergios Paschos
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 – Stergios Paschos (Greece)
Withered Green – Mohammed Hammad (Egypt)
Destruction Babies – Tetsuya Mariko (Japan)
Donald Cried – Kris Avedisian (US)
El auge del humano [+see also:
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 – Eduardo Williams (Argentina/Brazil/Portugal)
El futuro perfecto – Nele Wohlatz (Argentina)
Gorge cœur ventre [+see also:
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 – Maud Alpi (France)
I Had Nowhere To Go [+see also:
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 – Douglas Gordon (Germany)
Il nido [+see also:
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 – Klaudia Reynicke (Switzerland/Italy)
Solo, Solitude – Yosep Anggi Noen (Indonesia)
L’Indomptée [+see also:
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interview: Caroline Deruas
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 – Caroline Deruas (France)
Mañana a esta hora – Lina Rodríguez (Colombia/Canada)
Pescatori di corpi [+see also:
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 – Michele Pennetta (Switzerland)
The Challenge [+see also:
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– Yuri Ancarani (Italy/France/Switzerland)
Viejo calavera – Kiro Russo (Bolivia/Qatar)

Signs of Life

300 Miles – Orwa Al Mokdad (Syria/Lebanon)
People That Are Not Me – Hadas Ben Aroya (Israel)
Ascent [+see also:
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 –
 Fiona Tan (Netherlands/Japan)
Beduino – Júlio Bressane (Brazil)
Pow Wow – Robinson Devor (US)
All the Cities of the North [+see also:
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interview: Dane Komljen
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 – Dane Komljen (Serbia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Montenegro)
Rat Film – Theo Anthony (US)
The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me [+see also:
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interview: Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal
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– Anka SasnalWilhelm Sasnal (Poland/Switzerland)

Panorama Suisse

Aloys [+see also:
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 – Tobias Nölle (Switzerland/France)
Amateur Teens [+see also:
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 – Niklaus Hilber (Switzerland)
Whatever the Weather – Remo Scherrer (Switzerland)
Calabria [+see also:
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 – Pierre-François Sauter (Switzerland)
My Life as a Film - How My Father Tried To Capture Happiness [+see also:
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 – Eva Vitija (Switzerland)
Köpek [+see also:
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 – Esen Isik (Switzerland)
Late Shift [+see also:
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interview: Tobias Weber
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 – Tobias Weber (Switzerland/UK)
A Decent Man [+see also:
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 – Micha Lewinsky (Switzerland)
Raving Iran [+see also:
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 – Susanne Regina Meures (Switzerland)
Rio Corgo [+see also:
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 – Maya KosaSergio da Costa (Switzerland/Portugal)
The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg [+see also:
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 – Michael Schindhelm (Switzerland)

(Translated from Italian)

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