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Highlights of the 68th Locarno Film Festival
28 July 2015
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Having one of the world΄s most talented teams of film selectors, each year Locarno Film Festival takes the road of discovery and diversity, within a mix of traditional narratives and more cutting edge cinema. 

The 68th edition of Central Europe΄s grand festival has unveiled a rich line-up, with new works by established international filmmakers, with the return of others, like Andrzej Zulawski, Hong Sang-Soo and Chantal Akerman, honoring and inviting names such as Marco Bellochio, Michael Cimino, Edward Norton, Andy Garcia, Walter Murch, Marlen Khutsiev among others, with a much anticipated retrospective on Sam Peckinpah΄s entire cinematic oeuvre, along with new potential talents awaiting to be discovered.

Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece, 2015)

As is now a Locarno tradition, International Competition includes personal feature films, documentaries, more traditional fictions and those of hybrid genres. The section comprises of 18 feature films, 14 of them as world premieres. Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece, 2015) and Brother Dejan by Bakur Bakuradze (Russia/Serbia, 2015) compete for the Golden Leopard prize. The programme includes the latest films of Andrzej Zulawski, Chantal Akerman, Hong Sang-Soo, Ben Rivers and others.

Photographer-director Jerry Schatzberg, actor Udo Kier, director Nadav Lapid; and actress Moon so-Ri compose the International Jury.

Piazza Grande, Locarno΄s open-air competition programme will screen 16 feature and 3 short films competing for the Pix du Public Audience Award, and the Variety Piazza Grande Award, given by Variety critics to the title which combines the best the artistic excellence and commercial potential. 

Quite a few European co-productions are programmed for the Cineasts of the present Competition section. Dedicated to new discoveries, the progframme consists of 14 first or second feature films, among them My Brother by Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti (Italy/Canada/Bosnia-Erzegovina, 2015).

Andrzej Zulawski

A crucible of future talent, the Pardi di domani section screens shorts and medium-length films by young independent auteurs or film school students who have not yet tried their hand at feature films. The section has two separate competitions: one limited to recent Swiss productions, the other international, featuring films from all over the world. The programme includes four titles from region filmmakers:

Yellow Fieber by Konstantina Kotzamani (Greece, 2015, 15’) 
Zeus by Pavel Vesnakov (Germany/Bulgaria, 2015, 30’)
Km 73 by Radu Ghelbereu (UK//Romania, 2015, 15’)
Las Cuatro Esquinas del Circulo by Katarina Stankovic (Germany/Mexico/Serbia, 2015, 24’)   

2015 edition will again bring the works of established international directors at the Out of Competition section, explore cinema at the frontiers, with new narrative forms and formal innovations at the new Signs of Life out of competition programme, focus on the Maghreb countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) and bring their directors and producers together with potential partners, mostly from Europe (Open Doors section), and present the new Swiss cinema at the Panorama Suisse programme.

Source: Locarno Film Festival official website
  Brother Dejan
  My Brother
  Yellow Fieber
  Km 73
  Four Corners of a Circle
  Athina-Rachel Tsangari
  Konstantina Kotzamani
  Pavel G. Vesnakov
  Bakur Bakuradze
  Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti
  Radu Ghelbereu
  Katarina Stankovic
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