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A New Voice for the Festival

A New Voice for the Festival

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Among the 432 pages of this year's Festival del film Locarno catalogue you can find the name of Art Basel, under the Fuori concorso section: a list of five short movies for the Wandering Voices selection which inaugurates a new collaboration between the two events.

Sergio Fant, member of the Festival selection committee, took part to the presentation of a special program dedicated to Duncan Campbell and screened at the Stadtkino Basel in June 2015. “The question was: which kind of crossroad could we find between cinema and modern arts? We chose Campbell due to his affinity with both these worlds and it was incredible to discover in the Art Basel audience such a passion for movies, in a sold-out screening. For us, this collaboration represents a plus”.

For Maxa Zoller, curator of Art Basel's film section, the title of the selection is quite representative. “We decided to call it Wandering Voices for exploring the role of the voice in filmmaking, but also for presenting a political dimension which has also recently led many people to occupy squares and streets, speaking out their desires and needs”. In 1931, Fritz Lang's M for instance used an off-frame voice to describe pure evil represented by a child murderer. “And since then – Zoller remembers – it is an incredible tool to describe what there is outside the frame. We thought it could be the perfect starting point for our new collaboration. To celebrate it, we chose a range of artists from the Seventies until now, with different backgrounds.“

From John Smith's The Girl Chewing Gum (1976) to Shirin Neshat's Turbulent (1998), not to mention Laure Prouvost's It, Heat, Hit (2010), the Art Basel in Locarno selection also introduces two more recent works: Karolin Meunier's Anfangsszene and Melanie Manchot's Twelve, both shot in 2015. “We are looking forward to see how this collaboration will develop – the Art Basel Gallery & Project Manager Michael Müller claims – and we are happy to host Meunier and Manchot, who will attend the screening of their short movies”.

Wandering Voices selection will be screened at PalaVideo on August 10th, at 16.15.

Mattia Bertoldi

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