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Locarno 2020 Begins with First Cow

Kelly Reichardt’s film will open the 2020 edition, which will end with Jean-Marie Straub’s new work and Collection Lockdown by Swiss Filmmakers

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We begin again, with First Cow. On Wednesday, August 5, Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will start with First Cow, the new film by Kelly Reichardt, the American writer-director who will experience the Festival directly as one of the six jury members for The Films After Tomorrow.

Ten days later, on Saturday, August 15, the Festival will bid farewell to the audience, while waiting for 2021, with the nine directors of the project Collection Lockdown by Swiss Filmmakers. In between, for eleven days, Locarno 2020 will be a unique, hybrid edition, taking place online and in cinemas in Locarno and Muralto, with a line-up of over 90 films to keep being there, even in this unusual year 2020. It’s there in support of filmmaking, alongside its audience.

Opening Film

Last February, Kelly Reichardt’s latest film First Cow was one of the final moments of cinema at the Berlinale. Having premiered to raves at the Telluride Film Festival, it was then part of one of the last experiences of collective cinema in Berlin. A few days after that screening, the lockdown hit all of Europe, shutting down film sets and movie theaters, and changed the world. Six months later, on August 5, 2020, the Locarno Film Festival – in partnership with the Centre Pompidou, which will put on a retrospective in her presence from January 23 to February 7, 2021 – will make its comeback with First Cow and Kelly Reichardt, who will be joining us remotely from the United States to interact with the Locarno audience.

Closing Film

From pre-lockdown to lockdown, the closing night of the Festival will focus on a depiction of “confinement”. That is to say, it will showcase a series of films that aimed to look into themes like the changes in man’s relationship with technology, the notion of working from home – applied to filmmaking as well – and the new experience of lockdown itself. On August 15, at 8.30 PM at the GranRex, the Locarno 2020 audience will get to discover La France contre les Robots (2020), the new film by Jean-Marie Straub (recipient of the 2017 Pardo d’onore), and see the short films that are part of the project Collection Lockdown by Swiss Filmmakers. It’s nine shorts, made by Swiss directors who decided to keep doing what they always do, regardless of the means, locations and cast.

The program of the closing night

Special: La France contre les Robots, by Jean-Marie Straub, Switzerland, 2020   

Collection Lockdown by Swiss Filmmakers”, a production of Frédéric Gonseth Productions, Turnusfilm and Cinédokké, in co-production with SRG SSR, SRF, RTS, RSI, with support from the Federal Office of Culture, Cinéforom, Loterie Romande, Fonds de production télévisuelle and the Ticino Film Commission.

My Mom, My Son and Me, by Andrea  Štaka
Quasi padre, quasi figlio, by Niccolò Castelli  
Fuso orario, by Riccardo Bernasconi and Francesca Reverdito  

Letà del distanziamento sociale, by Robert Ralston  
Lutto sospeso in tempi incerti, by Alessandra Gavin Mueller
Amen, by Manuel Maria Perronne
Arancione, by Simona Canonica  
Oasis, by Lila Ribi  
Revoir le printemps – Journal d'un confinement, by Germinal Roaux