Welcome by Stéphane Maquaire
Dear friends of the Locarno Film Festival,
Instruct, enlighten, alert, transport, question… cinema is all of these things and more. When describing the seventh art, the famous French filmmaker Jean Cocteau declared that it was the modern writing of which the ink is the light. A light which is more essential than ever in 2019, in a society which is undergoing profound change, where everything is moving more and more quickly, and in which human relationships are becoming increasingly complex.
As we are faced with major social transformations, taking the time to watch feature-length and short films is a positive way of trying to understand the world around us. Cinema enables us to take a step back and grasp the different ideas that make up our society. Respecting these different visions is part of the splendid endeavour of living together. This is one of the reasons why Manor is proud to have been one of the Main partners of the Locarno Film Festival for twenty years.
We look forward to sharing some unforgettable moments with you again in the Piazza Grande, and hope that you will enjoy some splendid cinematographic experiences at the 72nd edition of one of the most distinguished film festivals in the world, the Locarno Film Festival!
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