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This year we must do without Piazza Grande, the handsome 19th century square that is both the historic core of the city and the symbolic heart of the Festival. The Piazza is irreplaceable, since by definition a Festival is a meeting place. Nevertheless, the Canton Ticino is used to approaching everything with a positive attitude, and this is no exception. It may well be that the Italian trait in our character allows us to take life with a smile, to be unfazed by a crisis that would otherwise leave unyielding pride or self-certainty demolished in its wake. Instead, we face up to this difficult challenge with two objectives in mind. First, to maintain worldwide, thanks to a Festival both physical and digital, the position, renown and credibility achieved in more than seven decades of artistic rigor and consistency. Second, not to disappoint the expectations of our audience, the driving, motivating force behind the Locarno Film Festival, instead continuing to share with them — all the more so in this year in which dialogue has been “locked down” — the stories, gazes and visions that have enlivened us for 73 years: the movies.
At the time of writing the signs are positive. If we succeed in renewing the confidence of film professionals and cinephiles around the world, and of those who have always been close to the Festival, I am convinced that we will emerge from this trial even stronger than before.