Press Releases  ·  27 | 07 | 2023

Locarno76: Communication regarding the SAG-AFTRA actors' strike

Some guests of honor due to receive awards and accompany their films have informed us that they will no longer be able to attend the 76th Locarno Film Festival. However, the strike will have no impact on the film screenings set to take place at the Festival, which will continue as planned.

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British actor, Riz Ahmed, who was set to receive the Davide Campari Excellence Award will no longer be in attendance. His world premiere of Dammi (Yann Mounir Demange, 2023) will still take place on Opening Night in Piazza Grande to an audience of 8,000 as planned. The screening of Mughal Mowgli (Mogul Mowgli, Bassam Tariq, 2020) in the Histoire(s) du cinéma section is also confirmed.

Stellan Skarsgård, recipient of the Leopard Club Award, will forgo the award in solidarity with the strike. He will be in Locarno for the screening of his new film What Remains (Ran Huang, 2022) in the Fuori concorso section. The Award ceremony on the Piazza Grande, August 4th, and the Conversation with the audience on August 5th have been cancelled.

The screening of Theater Camp (2023) in the Piazza Grande on August 11th accompanied by co-director Nick Lieberman will continue as planned but co-director and actor Molly Gordon, as well as actors Ben Platt and Noah Galvin, will no longer be in attendance.

The Locarno Film Festival sees the ongoing strike as a sign of the problems troubling the contemporary film industry. We support a constructive discussion and resolution between the parties involved and respectfully accept the decisions of our guests. Any further impacts or changes to the program will be communicated and we invite you to consult our website.