Monday, July 30, 2007

Locarno Film Festival News

Next Wednesday this festival will start with the opening film Vexille by Fumihiko Sori from Japan on the Piazza Grande.

From the latest news worth mentioning is the withdrawn of the movie Son of Rambow from the Piazza Grande program and a Master Class with Carmen Maura that I imagine will be quite outstanding. Also there will be the world premiere on the Piazza Grande of J’ai toujours rêvé d’être un gangster (I Always Dreamd of Being a Gangster) by French director Samuel Bencherit.

Then, building on the success of last year’s inaugural programme, the Locarno Festival will offer a selection of films directed by or featuring those jury members, across the various sections, who are filmmakers or actors/actresses.

The Locarno audience thus has an opportunity to discover a range of films, some of which are impossible to see outside the festival circuit – including some real rarities – and to see again a number of contemporary cinema masterpieces.

The programme includes the following films:

The International Competition Jury:
La double vie de Véronique by Krzysztof Kieslowski (featuring Irène Jacob, France)
Hamburger Lektionen by Romuald Karmakar (Germany)
In memoria di me by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)
Moacir – Arte Bruta by Walter Carvalho (Brazil)
Platform by Jia Zhang-Ke (China)
Son frère by Patrice Chéreau (featuring Bruno Todeschini, Switzerland/France)

The Filmmakers of the Present Jury:
Kurpe (The Shoe) by Laila Pakalnina (Latvia)
L’orchestra di Piazza Vittorio by Agostino Ferrente (Italy)
Tan de repente by Diego Lerman (Argentina)

The Jury for the Best First Feature Film:
Johanna by Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary)
Satin rouge by Raja Amari (Tunisia/France)

The Leopards of Tomorrow Jury:
After the Last Sky by Alia Arasoughly (Palestine)
Alex by José Alcala (featuring Lyes Salem, Algeria/France)
Das Fräulein by Andrea Staka (Switzerland)
Horst Buchholz… mein Papa by Christopher Buchholz (Germany)

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