A long story... in a few words
From the great years of Italian Neo-Realism to the groundbreaking pioneers of the Nouvelle Vague. From the discovery of films from countries beyond the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, to the first great exploration of cinema from the Far East.
Not forgetting the impressive line-up of directors for whom Locarno was their debut international stage: Milos Forman, Marco Bellocchio, Glauber Rocha, Raúl Ruiz, Alain Tanner, Mike Leigh, Béla Tarr, Chen Kaige, Aleksandr Sokurov, Atom Egoyan, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Abbas Kiarostami, Gus Van Sant, Pedro Costa, Fatih Akin.
A long history of discovery which began on 23 August 1946 when the very first Festival was held in the gardens of the Grand Hotel. A story that is far from over, because Locarno has always gladly held true to its cosmopolitan vocation of seeking out the cinema of the future.