66th Locarno Film Festival Preview

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Today they announced the program for the 66th edition of the Locarno Film Festival. I was there at the press conference held in Bellinzona and I’m proud to announce that I will be attending as a blogger, not for this website however, but Joypad Movies, which sadly is an Italian speaking blog. Luckily, I’ll still report the good news right here of course. I’ll share every bit of information, reviews and photographs I’ll be able to take. But for now let’s stick to the program.

The festival will take place through August 7th – 17th in Locarno, Switzerland. These are the films playing in the Piazza Grande.

07.08 – 2 GUNS by Baltasar Kormákur – United States

08.08 – VIJAY AND I by Sam Garbarski – Belgium/Luxembourg/Germany

09.08 – LA VARIABILE UMANA by Bruno Oliviero – Italy
09.08 – WRONG COPS by Quentin Dupieux – United States

10.08 – WE’RE THE MILLERS by Rawson Marshall Thurber – United States
10.08 – THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES by Mikkel Nørgaard – Denmark/Germany/Sweden

11.08 – LES GRANDES ONDES (À L’OUEST) by Lionel Baier – Switzerland/France/Portugal
11.08 – RICH AND FAMOUS by George Cukor – United States

12.08 – GABRIELLE by Louise Archambault – Canada

13.08 – L’EXPÉRIENCE BLOCHER by Jean-Stéphane Bron – Switzerland/France

14.08 – GLORIA by Sebastián Lelio – Chile

15.08 – MR. MORGAN’S LAST LOVE by Sandra Nettelbeck – Germany/Belgium
15.08 – BLUE RUIN by Jeremy Saulnier – United States

16.08 – ABOUT TIME by Richard Curtis – United Kingdom
16.08 – FITZCARRALDO by Werner Herzog – Germany/Peru

17.08 – SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ÉCOLE by Pascal Plisson – France

As for other films playing. There’s the retrospective of American auteur George Cukor, lots of films by German master filmmaker Werner Herzog who will be receiving an honorary award and they’ll also screen his new (never-seen-before!) documentary series Death Row and a celebration of special effects genius Douglas Trubull (2001: A Space Odyssey). Other celebrities that will be present include: Chrispher Lee, Faye Dunaway and Brie Larson.

The festival will however be mostly about foreign indie fare, with (unknown) films from all over the globe. Debut films, short films, world premieres: It’s going to be a blast. Hope to see some of you out there, just wave and say “hi”!

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