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LOCARNO 2016 Switzerland

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Two Swiss films in competition for the Golden Leopard

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- There are a lot of Swiss films in the various sections of this year’s edition of the festival, from the International Competition to Piazza Grande and Filmmakers of the Present

Two Swiss films in competition for the Golden Leopard
Marija by Michael Koch

The International Competition of the Locarno Film Festival this year welcomes no fewer than two Swiss films: La idea de un lago [+see also:
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by Swiss-Argentinian director Milagros Mummenthaler, who already tasted triumph at Locarno with his film Back To Stay [+see also:
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(which received five awards, including the Golden Leopard, the Golden Leopard for Best Female Performance, and the FIPRESCI Prize), and Marija [+see also:
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by Lucerne-born director Michael Koch, which was produced by German company Pandora Film and Swiss company Hugo Film. Both films portray strong and brave women who must come to terms with a difficult past and a present that has yet to be forged.

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The Piazza Grande section will host the world premiere of Moka [+see also:
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, the latest film by Romand director Frédéric Mermoud, who co-founded Bande à part Films (with Ursula Meier, Lionel Baier and Jean-Stéphane Bron) and is a regular face at the Festival. The film stars two exceptional French actresses, Emmanuelle Devos and Nathalie Baye. The Filmmakers of the Present section instead features two young directors: Swiss-Peruvian filmmaker Klaudia Reynicke with her film Il nido [+see also:
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, and Italian director (trained in Switzerland) Michele Pennetta with Pescatori di corpi [+see also:
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, a portrayal of the indifference to the highly current drama of immigration. Both films were produced by French production companies, Amka and Close Up Films, respectively. Another eagerly anticipated highlight includes the new and powerful documentary by Heidi SpecognaCahiers africains [+see also:
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, which bravely tackles the delicate topic of the rape of 300 women by Congolese mercenaries during the armed conflict of October 2002. A documentary and a fictional film have instead been selected out of competition: Jean Ziegler, l’optimisme de la volonté [+see also:
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, the portrayal of an extraordinary man by documentary-maker Nicolas Wadimoff, the director of the multi-award-winning Spartans [+see also:
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, and Un juif pour l’exemple [+see also:
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by Jacob Berger, starring Swiss actor Bruno Ganz.

Last but not least, the Panorama Suisse section is not to be missed. As always, it will showcase ten Swiss films released this year, which are chosen by a committee made up of representatives from the Solothurn Film Festival, the Swiss Film Academy, and Swiss Films. This year the selection includes Rio Corgo [+see also:
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by Maya Kosa and Sergio da Costa (winner of the prestigious Documentaire-CH award of the Pour-cent Culturel Migros), and My Life As A Film - How My Father Tried To Capture Happiness [+see also:
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by Eva Vitija (which won the 2016 Solothurn Award).

(Translated from Italian)

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