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Locarno70: Back to the Future

Locarno 70

Locarno70: Back to the Future



Locarno70 tells of the breath of the story of cinema that blew in Locarno on its first days. A program of 12 films that suggest that which has always been the spirit of the Festival. That nature to discover, to dare, to imagine. Discover the sprouts of a cinema that over the years has become the foundation such as that of Éric Rohmer, shining New Wave writer who made his debut in Locarno in 1962 with Le Signe du lion. Or the radiating Der siebente Kontinent (1989), of a Michael Haneke who from here set off towards a future of Golden Palms and statuettes, and Odinokiy golos cheloveka (The Lonely Voice of Man – 1987), the first full-length film of Aleksandr Sokurov. Cinema discovered and dared, as it was for Todd Haynes, who in Piazza Grande will receive the Pardo d’onore 25 years after presenting himself with the powerful Poison (1991). Courage and powerful choices, as powerful as 36 Fillette (1988) was, of a Catherine Breillat destined to write hard and shameless pages for the strength of a sexuality told with the pen – or the red light. Films hardly easy-going, and more often of pain, such as Hallelujah the Hills, by Adolfas Mekas (1963), Al-momia, by Chadi Abdel Salam (1969), and Khamosh Pani, by Sabiha Sumar (2003). And also films that told a story by having lived it, such as San Gottardo by Ticinese director Villi Hermann (1977) and Un’ora sola ti vorrei, by Alina Marazzi (2002). Moreover, who will experience Locarno70 by straddling between the Concorso internazionale and history: Raúl Ruiz. The Chilean writer, who disappeared in 2011, but appears in competition with the unedited posthumous film La telenovela errante. The Festival accompanied his first steps with Tres tristes tigres (1968). That time it was a winner of the Pardo d’oro, this time who knows. The story, in this case, is still yet to be written.

Alessandro De Bon

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