News  ·  02 | 07 | 2020

Locarno 2020 Returns to Cinemas

Dozens of screenings on August 5-15: old friends, competitions and surprises

Get ready to sit in the dark. Locarno 2020 - For the Future Films will come with the reopening of movie theaters, with a mixture of past and future, of history and a desire to innovate. And so, with competitions, rediscoveries and surprises, Locarno 2020 will host dozens of screenings in the city, in venues such as PalaCinema and GranRex, as well as the PalaVideo in Muralto. A surprise selection will get things started.

Secret Screenings
Darkness in the house. Ten screenings of unnamed films, a theater ready to welcome movie-goers and an Artistic Director happy to surprise them. This is the formula of the Secret Screenings, for which Lili Hinstin will have Carte Blanche, inviting the audience to discover the unexpected on a pathway through the cinema of past and present. About the films to be shown, right up to the moment when the lights go down and the screen lights up, nothing will be known about the films shown – except perhaps just a clue or two. Otherwise only the starting time and the theater will be revealed in advance. A line-up of ten films picked by the Artistic Director without regard to restrictions of regarding dateage, placeorigin, or even festival connections: from gems of the past waiting to be rediscovered, via to timeless classics always worth seeing again, to unexpected premieres. The films will be screened from 5 to 15 August in the early evening slot, with repeats the following day.

Pardi di domani
There could be no re-opening of theaters without welcoming back screenings of the Pardi di domani short films in Pardi di domani. Presented online and with their line-up fully available on VOD, the short films competition will also feature in the physical program, with premiere screenings in evening slots and repeats over the following days.

Through the Open Doors
For its eighteenth birthday, Open Doors will be returning to the theaters with a kind of ideal journey through the history of the sidebar. An opportunity to see againrevisit films that are otherwise hard to find, and to get (re)acquainted with filmmakers discovered acrossin almost two decades of traveling the least trodden pathways of world cinema. Ten films to celebrate the taste for discovery and desire for cinema that defineof the Locarno Film Festival’s most boldly exploratory section.

A Journey in the Festival History
What better opportunity than this unprecedented edition to take a lingering look back over at our own history? A Journey in the Festival History, which revisits landmark movies from 1946 to the present day, is an itinerary mapped by the filmmakers selected for The Films after Tomorrow, – the Locarno Film Festival initiative that aims to provide concrete support for filmmakers whose work has beenwas put on hold by the global pandemic. – revisiting landmark movies from 1946 to the present day. 72 years of the Locarno Film Festival, rediscovered through the gaze of the directors who were inspired, led or intrigued by the films concernedunder consideration. The titles picked by these auteurs will all be available online, with some being screened in theaters in, a program also assisted by the Cinémathèque suisse, which made some prints available.

As described by President Marco Solari, the aim is: “To succeed in maintaining the strength and international reputation of the Locarno Film Festival thanks to the artistic quality of the films presented, thanks to programming that always has cinephile surprises in store, and thanks to operational efficiency and effective communication in both digital and physical formats.”

Artistic Director Lili Hinstin: “These months of enforced separation have taught us just how important movie-going is for the life of a community and for a Festival like Locarno. Which is why, alongside the initiatives that will take shape online to reach even the most distant viewers, we have decided to take an active part in re-opening the city’s theaters. The physical programming of Locarno 2020 will provide an opportunity to explore worlds sometimes distant geographically or historically, to discover fledgling talents and to be amazed by unexpected ways of looking at life.”

Details regarding the films that will screen in cinemas and how to buy tickets will be available in the weeks to come, via the Festival's official channels.

Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will take place from 5 to 15 August 2020.