Artistic Director's Blog Tribute to Robin Williams
Every single movie lover lost a little big piece of his own cinema history with Robin Williams departure. In order to celebrate the actor’s art and unforgettable skills Festival del film Locarno decided to add One Hour Photo screening to tonight program. Directed by Mark Romanek and played as well by this edition’s juror Connie Nielsen, the movie enhanced the 2002 Festival edition. We are sure this is the best way to honour the memory of an actor who wrote indelible pages in contemporary cinema history.
After that there is La Vénus à la fourrure, last divertissement from a great maestro of film like Roman Polanski, played by Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner.
I think as well it is important to remember another of the Festival’s guests, Garrett Brown, the brilliant inventor of the Steadicam® and operator for unforgettable films like The Shining and Rocky. After this evening’s tribute, he will also hold an exclusive masterclass, which will include the screening of new snippets of footage from when the machine was being tested.
After hosting the advance screenings of the films in competition, the Kursaal will be now be welcoming the films of Jean-Marie Straub, who has chosen to show his new feature, Kommunisten, at Locarno as a work in progress. This will be an extraordinary “backwards” journey through his cinema and the evolution of the image over the last 40 years. Kommunisten will be followed by Sosialism, the latest by critic and filmmaker Peter Von Bagh, who uses his vast knowledge of film history and the great legacy of cinema to reread the development of an idea, what we could call one of the magnificent obsessions of the last century.
The Festival del film Locarno is also an important launching platform for new films and a place for encounters, exchange and growth: in Piazza Grande there will be Pause screening, the first work by Swiss director Mathieu Urfer.Carlo Chatrian