Stars, hopes, and promises
The comeback of the American Blockbuster on the Piazza Grande. An international competition that lines up the biggest names in current Cinema. The rediscovery of genre pictures, revisited through a contemporary filter. A robust retrospective, so that past images of a great author like Vincent Minnelli can counterbalance the new images of today. And in the end, the confirmation – in every section of the program – of that ‘double gaze’ that makes Locarno both cinephile and mainstream, and always willing to explore the fertile undergrowth of the Worldwide independent scene.
These, in brief, are the thematic boundaries used by Olivier Père to create his bouquet of cinematic offerings for the 64th edition of the Locarno Film Festival which will start on August 3rd.
It is an edition that will turn – much like its main square – into a location of trade and meetings, enriched by a cavalcade of International guests, ranging from Hollywood stars like Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde to European Cinema glories like Bruno Ganz, Claudia Cardinale, Ingrid Caven, Claude Goretta and personalities like Hitoshi Matsumoto, Daniel Brühl, Guy Bedos, Kati Outinen, Pierre Richard, Maribel Verdú, Anri Sala and Nicolas Winding Refn.
And if you add prize-winning heavyweights Abel Ferrara (Pardo d’Onore Swisscom) and Mike Medavoy (Premio Raimondo Rezzonico), and the arrival at Open Doors of the two godfathers of Indian Cinema Kabir Bedi and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the overall picture is a merry, multi-faceted portrait of Locarno, which strives to be once again the outpost for cinematic excursions aiming at discovery, and still looking for a compass of exploration.
All while being faithful to the choice of keeping the number of selected films low, and place itself as a reference seismograph for the mutations and changes that are captured at each take on films sets all over the World.Lorenzo Buccella