News from the Locarno Festival

Highlights 7 | 8 | 2017

Highlights 7 | 8 | 2017



Cinema according to Todd Haynes (cover). Fear and desire, poetry and suffering. From Poison to Wonderstruck, a visionary journey in seven stages exploring identities, seen not as static, but rather as dynamic and unclassifiable.

Chien. Dog. Between Kafka and Kaurismäki a journey to the heart of a humanity that has stopped speaking to itself. Adapted from his book Samuel Benchetrit returns to Locarno with a comedy that hides a pain-filled heart behind touches of surrealism.

The poetics of F.J. Ossang are timeless, giving vitality by references that range from comics to B-movies. Embellished by a large cast, 9 Doigts winks at the adventures of Tin Tin and the chiaroscuro world of noir.

Some work hard, and others grab hold of the wealth of others. Some share the toil of a trade and others come up with ways to defraud the well-off elderly. Here’s Good Luck, the new work from stateless filmmaker Ben Russell and Dene wos guet geit, the debut work from Cyril Schäublin a former Filmmakers Academy participant.

A nomadic way of thinking. The reflection that Narimane Mari offers on the present, introduced as a radical alternative to the dominant culture, comes from a distant past. Mixing archive footage and fiction, interviews/encounters with performances, her film (Le Fort des fous) is a journey among those who by necessity or choice prefer detachment to possession, walking to settling down. 


Carlo Chatrian

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