News  ·  25 | 08 | 2022

Locarno Film Festival lands in Zurich for the first time

Starting August 25, the city will host a retrospective at the KOSMOS cinema to look back at Locarno75.

After its 75th edition, the Pardo is traveling by taking a selection of its films beyond Ticino. The initial stage of this journey also represents a premiere. From August 25, seven films will land at the KOSMOS cinema in Zurich: an opportunity to discover some of the most notable titles showcased at Locarno75 in one of the privileged centers of Swiss cinephilia. Locarno Film Festival artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro, who curated the retrospective titled “Best of Locarno” declared: “This selection offers a cross-section of themes and points of view which, in our opinion, are central to contemporary cinema. It shows, above all, female and political gazes that question the order of things. We invite the audience on a journey into the most adventurous cinema of the present, where numerous conversations and dialogues are interwoven. A free and new cinema that creates its own rules. Social dramas and fairy tales, documentary immersions and uchronic excursions: an important part of today’s cinema comes through this selection.”

Seven must-see titles, starting August 25

The retrospective will open with the fascinating Stone Turtle by Ming Jin Woo (a director discovered by Locarno Film Festival long ago) selected in the Concorso internazionale. The film will immerse the audience in the mysteries and contradictions of contemporary Malaysia. August 26 will be the turn of the sci-fi LOLA (presented in the Fuori concorso section) by Andrew Legge, a director whom Giona A. Nazzaro has called “one of the best-kept secret of contemporary cinema.” The Film’s music has been curated by Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy.

On August 27, it will be time to discover the acclaimed 2022 Pardo d’oro of the Concorso internazionale, the Brazilian-French co-production Regra 34 directed by Julia Murat. Ariyippu, Mahesh Narayanan’s fourth film, is scheduled for August 28 and is a working-class drama that confirms the vitality of new Malayalam cinema. Picked out from Concorso Cineasti del presente is the promising debut by Julie Lerat-Gersant Petites, which will be screened on August 29. The next day, August 30, is the turn of the documentary Hikayat elbeit elorjowani (Tales of the Purple House) by French-Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel, who poetically reflects on Lebanon’s political crisis through the work of his wife, Lebanese painter Nour Ballouk.

Closing on August 31 will be Svetlonoc (Nightsiren), a black fairy tale reflecting on misogyny and age-old traditions. The film is the second feature by Tereza Nvotová and won the Pardo d’oro in the Concorso Cineasti del Presente at Locarno75.


All films will be offered at 8.30 pm in KOSMOS Room 6.


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