If you happen to be living in the Locarno area or are visiting the city located in southern Switzerland, I have a real treat for you.
Just today they announced the two free screenings preceding the official beginning of the 66th Locarno Film Festival.
On August 4th, Vittorio De Sica‘s Golden Bear and Academy Award winning The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) will be shown, with producer Arthur Cohn and protagonist Lino Capolicchio present. For the second soirée, August 6th, they’ll screen Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974). The film was nominated for eleven Oscars and won best original screenplay. A screening of Chinatown, makes sense, because aside from being a great film it stars Faye Dunaway, who will be honored with the Leopard Club Award during the festival (August 9th). If you happen to be at Spazio Cinema (Forum) on that day at 10:30 a.m., Faye will be attend a panel open to the public.
Again, and I can’t stress this enough, the pre-festival evenings are free, you have no excuse for not being there. Last year they even gave out free bottles of water and it’s the open-air experience and two excellent films from two of cinema’s best directors. Both films start at 9:30 p.m. Make it happen!
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”!