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8,000 viewers a night, the Piazza Grande is both the Festival’s heart and its showcase. With its giant screen, one of the biggest in Europe, endowed with truly exceptional projection quality, the Piazza Grande is one of the finest open-air venues in the world. This magnificent and unique setting is where every night all the many and diverse festival audiences come together for a big cinematic event. The programming on the Piazza Grande offers prestigious screenings, most of them world, international or European premieres, introduced by the director and the cast.
The Piazza Grande audience also serves as the biggest jury on the planet, voting for the renowned “Prix du Public UBS” (Audience Award). In addition, there is the Variety Piazza Grande Award, chosen by a panel of film critics, and intended to assist the international career of a film in the selection.
Director: Gleb Panfilov
Russia · 2021 · DCP 2K · Color · 105' · o.v. Russian
Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Italy · 2021 · DCP 4K · Color · 108' · o.v. English
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Japan · 2021 · DCP 2K · Color · 122' · o.v. Japanese
Director: Shawn Levy
USA · 2020 · DCP 2K · Color · 115' · o.v. English
Director: Michael Mann
USA · 1995 · DCP 4K · Color · 172' · o.v. English
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Austria, Luxembourg · 2021 · DCP 2K · Color · 99' · o.v. German
Director: John Swab
USA · 2021 · DCP 2K · Color · 111' · o.v. English
Director: Stefan Jäger
Switzerland, Austria, Germany · 2021 · DCP 2K · Color · 116' · o.v. German
Director: John Landis
USA · 1978 · DCP 2K · Color · 109' · o.v. English
Director: Liesl Tommy
USA · 2021 · DCP 4K · Color · 145' · o.v. English
Director: Aurélie Saada
France · 2021 · DCP 4K · Color · 102' · o.v. French
Director: KIM Ji-hoon
South Korea · 2021 · DCP 2K · Color · 117' · o.v. Korean
Director: Bassel Ghandour
Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar · 2021 · DCP 4K · Color · 116' · o.v. Arabic
Director: James Cameron
USA, United Kingdom · 1984 · DCP 2K · Color · 107' · o.v. English
Director: Gaspar Noé
France, Belgium, Monaco · 2021 · DCP 4K · Color · 142' · o.v. French
Director: Alessandro Rak
Italy · 2021 · DCP 2K · Color · 98' · o.v. Italian
The Concorso internazionale features works shown primarily as world premieres, coming from all over the globe and competing for the prestigious Pardo d’oro. Showcasing established auteurs alongside the pleasure of discovery, storytelling and innovation, the Concorso internazionale is an open, inclusive place, which aims to mark the new territories of cinematic art. This is where the best forms of contemporary cinema converge, in accordance with the history and tradition of the Locarno Film Festival.
The Concorso Cineasti del presente offers a selection of first and second feature films, primarily world premieres, directed by emerging global talents. It’s the place devoted to the discovery of tomorrow’s cinema, which deserves to be supported beyond all genre distinctions. Besides the traditional Pardo d’oro and award for directing, as of this year Cineasti del presente also offers prizes for the best actor and actress.
A taste of the screenings, of the atmospheres and the magic of the Locarno Film Festival. Every year the Prefestival anticipates the event with a selection of works which are able to captivate audiences of all ages.
8,000 viewers a night, the Piazza Grande is both the Festival’s heart and its showcase. With its giant screen, one of the biggest in Europe, endowed with truly exceptional projection quality, the Piazza Grande is one of the finest open-air venues in the world.
The Fuori concorso selection offers recent work – feature films and shorts, film essays, documentaries – by well-established filmmakers, out of competition, presented mostly as world or international premiere.
From 2019 to 2021, the Open Doors Screenings section explores the diverse filmmaking of South East Asia and Mongolia. In 2021, it presents a curated selection of feature and short films from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Mongolia.
Over the years the Locarno retrospectives have delved into every corner of cinema history: from great career monographs to themed programs; from wide-ranging tributes to contemporary filmmakers, to complete retrospective seasons of acknowledged great masters.
Histoire(s) du cinéma is the sidebar dedicated to the history of cinema. It offers works from filmmakers and artists to whom the Festival dedicates special tributes, restored prints of rare and important works, but also films (documentaries, essays, experimental and hybrid films) that shed new light on the history of cinema.
The Locarno Kids: Screenings section offers films for children and teenagers.It has a special emphasis on works screening as national premieres, together with restored titles that help rediscover film history.
Founded in 1990, the Semaine de la critique is an independent section within the Locarno Film Festival organized by the Swiss Association of Film Journalists.