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Discovering New talents

Discovering New talents

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The Tomorrow People is not only the name of an American television series, but also a label which perfectly represents the spirit of Pardi di domani section at the Festival del film Locarno. “It is a great opportunity to meet new talents” the head of the section Alessandro Marcionni claims “and a place where it is possible to discover beautiful, small pearls in an ocean of short and medium-length films”.

This is more than a plain figure of speech. Marcionni’s team watched about 3,000 movies in the last months before selecting the 37 works for Locarno 67: ten Swiss productions have been competing in the national section, while the other 27 films from all over the world have been presented in the international programme. “We are fully convinced that a good piece of filmic art has to move the audience, making it feel strong emotions. That's why we always look at people’s faces right after the screening: if they are smiling or their eyes are wet of tears, we know it has been a success”.

Marcionni is head of the Pardi di domani section since 2009 and he knows that he is working for two organizations at the same time. “On the one hand we offer indipendent auteurs a chance to give a boost to their careers; on the other hand, we have the mission to show to the Festival del film Locarno the young filmmakers which are worth to follow in future”.

One of the best directors who emerged from this section is Adrian Sitaru. “No doubts” Marcionni said. “He won the Pardi di domani international section with Valuri in 2007, and I perfectly remember the phone call I did to tell him he won. He was really excited and he came from Romania to Switzerland by car, because of his fear of flying: it was the second road trip in a few days! When he arrived to Locarno, he donated me a bottle of grappa distilled by his grand-father and we dedicated more than a toast to his career, which has been great. Since then, in fact, Sitaru shot three feature films; among them, Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii was presented at our Festival in 2011 and he won the Pardo d’argento as best director, while Bogdan Dumitrache was awarded as best actor. Sitaru, moreover, has taken part to several other film festivals and we are all pretty proud of him”.

Waiting for the new Sitaru, the Pardi di domani section is ready to surprise the Locarnese audience. “This year we have a great jury directed by the Dutch actor Rutger Hauer. Among our guests, we have to mention Melanie Griffith (who played a role in "Thirst", one of the movies of the international section) and the Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov, Pardo d’onore 2006 in Locarno, who will introduce a series of films shot by a group of students from the North Caucasus republics of the Russian Federation in a special session dedicated to the art of teaching cinema”.

Mattia Bertoldi

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