Friday, July 06, 2007

60th Locarno International Film Festival

Next August 1st to 11th another famous film festival is going to happen in Locarno Switzerland and while they have not publish yet the festival nominations or participants there are some news I like to share with you.

The 60th Locarno International Film Festival and Cinecitta Holding will pay tribute to actresses in Italian cinema with a special program called “Signore & Signore”; the program is curated by Piera Detasis. 19 films produced from 1941 through today have been selected for the program.

These are the 19 films:

Alida Valli (Piccolo mondo antico, Mario Soldati, 1941)
Anna Magnani (Bellissima, Luchino Visconti, 1951)
Gina Lollobrigida (Pane, amore e fantasia, Luigi Comencini, 1953)
Lucia Bosé (La signora senza camelie, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1953)
Tina Pica (La nonna Sabella, Dino Risi, 1957)
Franca Valeri (Il vedovo, Dino Risi, 1959)
Sofia Loren (La ciociara, Vittorio De Sica, 1960)
Claudia Cardinale (La ragazza con la valigia, Valerio Zurlini, 1960)
Stefania Sandrelli (Io la conoscevo bene, Antonio Pietrangeli, 1965)
Giulietta Masina (Giulietta degli spiriti, Federico Fellini, 1965)
Silvana Mangano (Teorema, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968) -For those that still do not know, this is my favorite movie of all times!!! The number 1.
Monica Vitti (Dramma della gelosia, Ettore Scola, 1970)
Mariangela Melato (Mimi, metallurgico ferito nell’onore, Lina Wertmüller, 1972)
Ornella Muti (La stanza del vescovo, Dino Risi, 1977)
Margherita Buy (Maledetto il giorno che ti ho incontrato, Carlo Verdone, 1992)
Asia Argento (Il fantasma dell’opera, Dario Argento, 1998)
Monica Bellucci (Malena, Giuseppe Tornatore, 2000)
Laura Morante (La stanza del figlio, Nanni Moretti, 2001)
Giovanna Mezzogiorno (La finestra di fronte, Ferzan Ozpetek, 2003)

Nineteen first ladies of Italian cinema in their career-making roles… hmmm! This is just too good to miss it!!

To celebrate the festival during June, July and August the three Swiss TV Networks will broadcast around forty films that participated during the 60 years of this festival. So if you live in Switzerland or have access to Swiss TV, check the schedules as still could be able to watch great movies like Vivement Dimanche by Francois Truffaut, Argentinean Seres Queridos and many others.

Hairspray, the upbeat musical comedy by Adam Shankman will be screened in the festival and seems it will be its international premiere. This is what I can call a very weird movie as is based on a Broadway musical that was based on a movie by John Waters!!! If you have not seen the original John Waters Hairspray you should, it is a cult classic you and the rest of the world should not miss.

One of the simultaneous events is the Critic’s Week organized by Switzerland’s National Association of Film Journalists and their selection has been finalized and will be announced next week on July 11, which seems that is the official date for releasing all the selections. Anyway as soon as they have their complete program and selection I will share it with you.

Link to Festival site.
Link to Semaine de la Critique site.

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