The signal flares of the Festival
Great names in Piazza Grande, which reveals itself (once again) as a platform open to the movie genres. A Concorso internazionale that aims to read the bends of the contemporary cinema between succesful directors and young film-makers. An important retrospective that gives the opportunity to the past screens of a great author - classical and experimenter at the same time - like Otto Preminger to interact with the news of today. And a new section, Histoire(s) du cinéma, which proposes tributes and documentaries to cinema in the same, twofold direction. Also the Locarnese point of view can be considered double because it can mix cinephile flavours and popular tastes, being always ready to search in the most fertile underworlds of the world indipendent cinema.
Those are - if we can say so - the signal flares chosen by Olivier Père to throw light on the cinematographic panorama of the 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno which gets under way on the next first August. An edition that transforms itself - showing resemblance to its principal square - in an exchange and meeting place. The festival will be enriched by a cavalcade of great, international guests who represent several categories of our collective imagination. From Harry Belafonte to Charlotte Rampling going through Alain Delon, Jonnie To, Ornella Muti, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Gianni Morandi, Vincent Lindon, Krzysztof Zanussi, Ray Winstone not to mention actors and ex-football players like Eric Cantona or comic actors like Renato Pozzetto.
If we add the big and award-winning names of Leos Carax (Pardo d’Onore Swisscom) and the great American producer Arnon Milchan (Premio Raimondo Rezzonico), the cosmopolitan portrait drawn by the launch of this 65th edition drives to a festival which maintains in its DNA a vocation to exploration. A festival that leans out towards the research of orientation compasses in all those young regions marked by a continuous mutation, especially right there where the borders between film and digital, fiction and documentary, intimate and collective dimension, poetic sphere and political engagement take a new shape.Lorenzo Buccella