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26 articles available in total starting from 05/07/2023. Last article published on 16/08/2023.

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Simone Bozzelli  • Director of Patagonia

Interview: Simone Bozzelli • Director of Patagonia

“In my film, the strongest substance is love”

The Italian director tells the story of a relationship of emotional dependency between violence and tenderness, and tells us of an Italy too often forgotten  

16/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

Basil Da Cunha  • Director of Manga D’Terra

Interview: Basil Da Cunha • Director of Manga D’Terra

"I made a musical that pays homage to a type of music which does not get the recognition it deserves"

The Swiss-Portuguese director, whose film pays homage to the women of the Reboleira neighbourhood, talks to us with passion about the tight connection between life and cinema  

14/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

Review: Rossosperanza

Review: Rossosperanza

The latest powerful film from Annarita Zambrano is a cruel and violent satire of respectability in a society kept captive by its small and petty privileges  

14/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

Critical Zone wins the Golden Leopard at Locarno

Critical Zone wins the Golden Leopard at Locarno

The biggest awards of the festival went to three courageous and radical directors: the Iranian Ali Ahmadzadeh, the Ukrainian Maryna Vroda and the Romanian Radu Jude  

14/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Awards

Laura Ferrés  • Director of The Permanent Picture

Interview: Laura Ferrés • Director of The Permanent Picture

“I am not interested in making autobiographical films; I already spend enough time with myself”

The Catalonian director has crafted an experimental and genre-blending portrait of women from different generations  

14/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

Sylvain George  • Director of Obscure Night – Goodbye Here, Anywhere

Interview: Sylvain George • Director of Obscure Night – Goodbye Here, Anywhere

“At night, the rules don’t apply”

The French director dives into darkness in his film about a group of kids from Morocco, dreaming of escaping to Europe yet still stuck in Melilla  

14/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

Review: Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World

Review: Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World

Radu Jude’s eighth fiction feature seems to imply that the apocalypse might not arrive as a spectacular big bang, but rather as a flood of stupidity – and it’s actually already here  

11/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

Review: The Invisible Fight

Review: The Invisible Fight

Rainer Sarnet’s hilarious third fiction feature goes back to Soviet times and fantasises about the peculiar parallel universes that might have co-existed with the official state narrative  

11/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

Leonor Teles  • Director of Baan

Interview: Leonor Teles • Director of Baan

“This whole film is trying to portray a state of mind”

With her new feature, the cinematographer-turned-director embarks on a bittersweet search for the place where one belongs  

11/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

Review: Critical Zone

Review: Critical Zone

Ali Ahmadzadeh’s third film defies Iran’s authoritarian regime, painting the portrait of a tired and unpredictable society which now believes in nothing but artificial paradises  

10/08/2023 | Locarno 2023 | Competition

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