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A strong presence of European films in the parallel sections of the Locarno Film Festival

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- Francesca Comencini, Samuel Benchetrit and Noémie Lvovsky are just some of the directors who will present their films in the evocative Piazza Grande for the 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival

A strong presence of European films in the parallel sections of the Locarno Film Festival
Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World by Francesca Comencini

There are a lot of European films being shown in Piazza Grande at this year’s edition of the Locarno Film Festival (read the news on the official selection). The majestic piazza in Ticino will host the aforementioned French director (and actress) Noémie Lvovsky, who will present audiences at Locarno with her latest film Demain et tous les autres jours [+see also:
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, the ever-surprising Francesca Comencini with her piece Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World [+see also:
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, the moving portrait of a strong and courageous woman, the highly-anticipated Swiss and French co-production The Song of Scorpions [+see also:
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by Anup Singh, and the intriguing Laissez bronzer les cadavres [+see also:
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by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. The guest of the Leopard Club this year will be Adrien Brody, an actor of a thousand talents who has worked with great European and American directors alike. The closing film for this year, which will be shown in Piazza Grande, is Gotthard-One Life One Soul [+see also:
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, a Swiss production (made in Ticino to be precise) by Kevin Merz.

The Filmmakers of the Present competition this year features no fewer than 16 films (13 of which will be shown in their world premieres), a glimpse of the innovative strength of international productions. The films chosen once again include a number of European productions and a Swiss film, Those Who Are Fine [+see also:
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by Cyril Schäublin. The Sign of Life competition, which this year is awarding two awards, and is described as a “workshop for new stories”, will welcome, with the films selected (11 in total, all being shown in their world premieres), well-established directors and young promising talents alike. Several European films will also be shown out of competition. They include the restored copy of Grandeure et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma by Jean-Luc GodardWilkommen in der Schweiz by Swiss director Sabine Gisiger and The Venerable W. [+see also:
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interview: Barbet Schroeder
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by Barbet Schroeder. Swiss producer Michel Merkt (three of whose films have been nominated for Oscars) will receive the award for Best Independent Producer.

Piazza Grande

Demain et tous les autres jours [+see also:
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 – Noémie Lvovsky (France)
Lola Pater
 [+see also:
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 – Nadir Moknèche (France)
Drei Zinnen [+see also:
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interview: Jan Zabeil
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 – Jan Zabei (Germany/Italy)
Laissez bronzer les cadavres [+see also:
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 – Hélène CattetBruno Forzani (Belgium/France)
Sparring [+see also:
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 – Samuel Jouy (France)
Good Time – Ben SafdieJoshua Safdie (United States)
Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World [+see also:
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 – Francesca Comencini (Italy)
What Happened To Monday? [+see also:
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 – Tommy Wirkola (United Kingdom)
Chien [+see also:
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– Samuel Benchetrit (France)
Iceman [+see also:
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 – Felix Randau (Germany/Italy/France)
The Song of Scorpions [+see also:
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 – Anup Singh (Switzerland/France)
The Big Sick – Michael Showalter (United States)
I Walked With a Zombie – Jacques Tourneur (United States)
Atomic Blonde – David Leitch (United States)
Sicilia! – Jean-Marie Straub (France)
Gotthard-One Life, One Soul [+see also:
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 – Kevin Merz (Switzerland)

Filmmakers of the Present Competition

¾ [+see also:
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interview: Ilian Metev
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Ilian Metev (Bulgaria/Germany)
Farewell to the Parents [+see also:
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 – Astrid Johanna Ofner (Austria)
Beach Rats – Eliza Hittman (United States)
Cho-Haeng (The First Lap) – Kim Dae-hwan (South Korea)
Those Who Are Fine [+see also:
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 – Cyril Schäublin (Switzerland)
Distant Constellation – Shevaun Mizrahi (United States/Turkey/the Netherlands)
Easy [+see also:
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 – Andrea Magnani (Italy/Ukraine)
Edaha No Koto (Sweating the Small Stuff) – Ninomiya Ryutaro (Japan)
The Mount of Ants [+see also:
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 – Riccardo Palladino (Italy)
Le fort des fous [+see also:
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 – Narimane Mari (France/Qatar/Greece/Germany)
Meteorlar [+see also:
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interview: Gürcan Keltek
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 – Gürcan Keltek (the Netherlands/Turkey)
Milla [+see also:
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– Valérie Massadian (France/Portugal)
Person to Person – Dustin Guy Defa (United States)
Scary Mother [+see also:
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interview: Ana Urushadze
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 – Ana Urushadze (Georgia/Estonia)
Severina – Felipe Hirsch (Brazil/Uruguay)
Damned Summer [+see also:
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interview: Pedro Cabeleira
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 – Pedro Cabeleira (Portugal)

Signs of Life

Aliens – Luis López Carrasco (Spain) (short film)
Cocote [+see also:
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– Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias (Dominican Republic/Argentina/Germany)
Once There Was Brazilia [+see also:
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 – Adirley Queiròs (Brazil/Portugal)
Filmus [+see also:
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 – Clément Safra (France)
In Praise of Nothing [+see also:
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interview: Boris Mitić
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 – Boris Mitic (Serbia/France/Croatia)
Ouroboros [+see also:
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 – Basma Alsharif (France/Palestine/United States)
Panoptic – Rana Eid (Lebanon/United Arab Emirates)
Phantasiesätze – Dane Komljen (Germany/Denmark) (short film)
Surbiles [+see also:
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– Giovanni Columbu (Italy)
The Dead Nation [+see also:
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– Radu Jude (Romania)
Hello Horse! (Zirdzin, Hallo!) – Laila Pakalnina (Latvia) (short film)

Out of Competition

Acta Non Verba [+see also:
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 – Yvann Yagchi (Switzerland/United Kingdom)
Anatomia del miracolo [+see also:
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 – Alessandra Celesia (France/Italy)
Azmaish – Sabiha Sumar (Pakistan)
CHoosing at Twenty [+see also:
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 – Villi Hermann (Switzerland/Algeria)
Contes de juillet [+see also:
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 – Guillaume Brac (France)
Filles du feu – Stéphane Breton (France)
Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma – Jean-Luc Godard (France/Switzerland)
Ibi [+see also:
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 – Andrea Segre (Italy)
The Venerable W. [+see also:
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interview: Barbet Schroeder
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]
 - Barbet Schroeder (France/Switzerland)
Nzidanie – Boris YukhananovAleksandr Shein (Russia)
Nothingwood [+see also:
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 – Sonia Kronlund (France/Germany)
The Endless Days of Youth – Léa ForestCosme Castro (France)
Piazza Grande [+see also:
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 – Misha GyörikMichael Beltrami (Switzerland)
Pietre tenera [+see also:
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 – Aurélie Mertenat (Switzerland)
Prototype – Blake Williams (Canada/United States)
Sand and Blood [+see also:
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 – Matthias KreppAngelika Spangel (Austria)
The Reagan Show – Pacho VelezSierra Pettengill (United States)
Welcome to Switzerland [+see also:
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 – Sabine Gisiger (Switzerland)

Critics' Week

Blood Amber - Lee Yong Chao (Taiwan/Burma)
Las Cinéphilas - María Álvarez (Argentina)
Favela olímpica [+see also:
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- Samuel Chalard (Switzerland)
The Congo Tribunal [+see also:
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- Milo Rau (Switzerland/Germany)
The Family [+see also:
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Rok Biček (Slovenia/Austria)
The Poetess [+see also:
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]
- Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Woff (Germany/Saudi Arabia)
Señorita María, la falda de la montaña - Rubén Mendoza (Colombia)

(Translated from Italian)

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