News  ·  26 | 09 | 2023

New Wave: Locarno Puts a Spotlight on the Future of Italian Cinema in Milan

‘Locarno a Milano’ returns once again to present a selection of some of the most significant titles from this year's 76th edition. Join us for a special weekend (29th September - 1st October) in the heart of the Milanese capital at the historic Cinema Arlecchino, where we’ll show 9 titles in original language - all with Italian subtitles - and take stock of the state of new Italian cinema in a round table discussion with prominent Italian film directors.

Brought to you in collaboration with Cineteca Milano and Filmidee with the generous support of Fondazione Cariplo, the three-day event brings Locarno to Milan with film screenings, filmmakers such as Laura Ferrés, Annarita Zambrano, Basil Da Cunha and Simone Bozzelli, poignant discussions, and more to uncover new trends, talent and perspectives in the world of Italian cinema.


Locarno in Milan is more than an extension of the program of the 76th edition of the Festival: an active dialogue capable of networking the best of world cinema with the most exciting energies of the new Italian cinema. From rediscovering a classic pre-Hays Code cinema like California Straight Ahead to the imaginative cinema of Bertrand Mandico and the surprising debut La imatge permanent, from the sensory immersion of El auge de l’humano 3 by Eduardo Williams diving into the musicality of Manga D’Terra by Basil Da Cunha. Locarno in Milan is also an occasion for discussion: with Simone Bozzelli, director of Patagonia, Annarita Zambrano, author of the sensual Rossosperanza, and Tommaso Santambrogio, revealed by Gli oceani sono i veri continenti. Locarno in Milan is new cinema, emerging, young, presented at the largest Swiss Festival that meets the Italian audience. An exciting dialogue that continues and tirelessly renews itself.”

Giona A. Nazzaro, Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival


Discover the full program below and buy your tickets here.


‘If There Were Light It Would Be Beautiful’

What’s it like to be a newcomer in today’s film landscape? What does it take to make a film in the current environment? The state of new Italian cinema will be firmly put in the spotlight by bringing together prominent film directors Simone Bozzelli, Tommaso Santambrogio and Annarita Zambrano for a round table discussion on the past, present and future of Italian film.

Don’t Miss It: Find a Film!

Eleven directors from all over the world digged into the RSI archives to collectively create an 80’ film that gives new meaning and context to moving images of the past. Under the creative guidance of Radu Jude, one of the most innovative European directors of recent years, Find a Film! is the cinematic fruits of the Locarno Spring Academy 2023.  

Rare Classics, Lovingly Restored

A screening of the American silent comedy film California Straight Ahead (1925) by Harry A. Pollard, lovingly restored in 2k from the only known 35mm print which is conserved at the Cineteca Milano historical archive. In addition, a screening for kids of the animated film La Rosa di Bagdad (1949) by Anton Gino Domenighini, which has been restored by Film Documentari d’Arte in collaboration with the Istituto Luce Cinecittà at the Augustus Color laboratory in Rome.

Discover the Program

Friday 29th


  • Rainer, a Vicious Dog in a Skull Valley, by Bertrand Mandico, 26’, France, 2023
  • La image permanent (The Permanent Picture ), by Laura Ferrés, 94’, Spain, France, 2023

Saturday 30th


  • Find a Film! by Coline Confort, Slava Doytcheva, Federico Frefel, Alessandro Garbuio, Ambra Guidotti, Jumana Issa, Zhenia Kazankina, Bohao Liu, Diego Andres Murillo, Chiara Toffoletto, 80’, Switzerland, 2023


  • The Human Surge 3 (El auge del humano 3), by Eduardo Williams, 121’, Argentina, Portugal, Netherlands, Taiwan, Brazi, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Perù, 2023


  • If There Were Light it Would be Beautiful , Round table on young Italian cinema , with Simone Bozzelli, Tommaso Santambrogio and Annarita Zambrano


  • Rossosperanza, by Annarita Zambrano, 87’, Italy, France, 2023


Sunday 1st October


  • La rosa di Bagdad, by Anton Gino Domenighini, 73’, Italy, 1949, in collaboration with Locarno Kids


  • California Straight Ahead, by Harry A. Pollard, 83’, USA, 1925


  • Manga D’Terra, by Basil Da Cunha, 96’, Switzerland, Portugal, 2023


  • Patagonia, by Simone Bozzelli, 112’, Italy, 2023

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