The section that, between 2019 and 2021, is introducing the filmmaking communities of Southeast Asia and Mongolia to Locarno audiences and professionals is staying true to its mission: Open Doors Screenings offers a sizable line-up of shorts and feature films, unveiled in July. This year, the focus is on films coming from Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia.
Open Doors sets out to promote new, young talents, particularly those who are active in the short film realm and its various incarnations, as well as surveying or rediscovering the early works of directors from the region who have subsequently made a name for themselves on the international circuit, not least thanks to the support of the Locarno Film Festival.
The films in the Open Doors Screenings line-up are part of the Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films initiative. They stand alongside the other activities of Open Doors, the Locarno Pro initiative that, in the year of the global health crisis, remains active online thanks to the priceless support of European and international Partners and the cooperation with local festivals and organizations, offering concrete support to independent filmmaking from the concerned region.
The 20 titles (10 full-length and 10 short films) in the Open Doors Screenings will be available for viewing worldwide, exclusively online, during the Festival from August 5 through 15, on this website (up to 1,500 free views). The screenings will be accompanied by conversations between each film’s director and the Open Doors programmers.
Apparition (Aparisyon), by Isabel Sandoval – Philippines/USA– 2012
Atambua 39° Celsius, by Riri Riza – Indonesia – 2012
Clash (Engkwentro), by Pepe Diokno – Philippines – 2009
Memories of My Body (Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku), by Garin Nugroho – Indonesia – 2018
Sell Out!, by Yeo Joon Han – Malaysia – 2008
Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, by Antoinette Jadaone – Philippines – 2011
Songlap, by Effendee Mazlan and Fariza Azlina Isahak – Malaysia – 2011
Tender Are the Feet, by Maung Wunna – Myanmar – 1973
The Masseur (Masahista), by Brillante Mendoza – Philippines – 2005
What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love, by Mouly Surya – Indonesia – 2013
A Gift (Kado), by Aditya Ahmad – Indonesia – 2018
Babylon, by Keith Deligero – Philippines – 2017
High Way, by Chia Chee Sum – Malaysia – 2018
Liar Land, by Ananth Subramaniam – Malaysia – 2019
Listen, by Min Min Hein – Myanmar/USA/Japan – 2017
Man of Pa-Aling (Manong ng Pa-Aling), by E del Mundo – Philippines/USA– 2017
No One is Crazy in This Town (Tak Ada yang Gila di Kota Ini), by Wregas Bhanuteja – Indonesia – 2019
On Friday Noon, by Luhki Herwanayogi – Indonesia – 2016
The Ruby, by Ling Low – Malaysia – 2019
Void, by Mg Bhone – Myanmar – 2018
For the first time in the section’s history, titles in the Open Doors Screenings will be eligible to receive two prizes awarded by the jury of the Festival’s youth initiative Cinema&Gioventù:
- Prize for best short film (CHF 1,500)
- Prize Environment is quality of life for best full-length film (CHF 2,000)
Open Doors is made possible by the collaboration of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), which joins with the Locarno Film Festival in supporting filmmakers from the Global South and East involved in the event’s various programs. The selection of films presented by Open Doors has been curated by Paolo Bertolin and Delphine Jeanneret of the Open Doors team, together with Artistic Director Lili Hinstin.