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Locarno's Leopard Club Award - Hilary Swank - Interview and Video

© Massimo Pedrazzini / Locarno Film Festival  Hilary Swank, this award is given to you by the Locarno Film Festival in recognition of your career achievement. Your story is indeed a model of how to achieve the dream of becoming an actress. From a trailer park, via sports, to Hollywood, where it only took you a few years to win two Academy Awards. How important is tenacity in successfully expressing your talent?  I appreciate that it seems so quick! But it actually too...

Locarno set to start tomorrow with 50 short films and 29 features

Starting tomorrow, around 200,000 cinema-goers, more than 1,100 journalists, and 3,200 professionals will converge on the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, which becomes the world capital of cinema.  Since its inception 65 years ago, Locarno has become recognized as one of the leading international festivals for auteur cinema, and this year’s line-up looks likely to reaffirm the event’s stellar position. Four competitions –– Concorso Internazionale, Concor...

Siraj Syed’s IFFI 2016 diary, Open Forum III: Skill-building through master classes

Siraj Syed’s IFFI 2016 diary, Open Forum III: Skill-building through master classes An essential feature of every international film festival around the globe, mater classes abound at IFFI too. FFSI, in collaboration with DFF, chose to highlight their benefits in skill-building at the third Open Forum. An open-air affair, it did not attract too many attendees. Firstly, the location was remote and secondly the timing that has been a permanent slot for Open Forum at IFFI is from 1.30 pm t...

The Winners of the Locarno Open Doors Hub 2016 announced

      Open Doors Winners 2016   The winners of the co-production platform Open Doors Hub have been announced today   The 2016 edition has seen the launch of a three-year cycle that Open Doors will devote to eight countries in southern Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The international co-production platform Open Doors Hub (4 – 9 August) is part of the new format of Open Doors, which ...

The "Premio Raimondo Rezzonico" 2016 goes to Independent Producer David Linde

American producer and executive David Linde will receive the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico at the upcoming 2016 Festival del film Locarno, an award known as a key industry tribute dedicated to the world’s most significant independent film producers. Previous award recipients include Arnon Milchan, Mike Medavoy, Christine Vachon and Margaret Ménégoz. Linde’s remarkable contributions to the making of dozens of international successes in his capacity as a production, acquisi...

68th Locarno wrapped up

Locarno has just drawn to a close. HONG Sangsoo, Pardo d’oro 2015  © Festival del film Locarno     Saturday August 15 saw the awards ceremony at the 68th Festival del film Locarno. The 2015 edition, the third under Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian, was highly successful and was crowned with the award of the Pardo d’oro to the film RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN by...

Locarno Events, 15 August

  Press Conference of the Official Juries This year the press conference of the official juries awards will take place tomorrow, August 15, at 15.00 at the Press Center, without embargo. The press conference will be live streamed at this addess: The press release will follow and will include the independent juries awards.  The award ceremony will take place at 21.00 on the Piazza Grande. The independe...

Spotlight: AdaptLab at Locarno

  AdaptLab: from page to screen This year L’immagine e la parola (19 – 22 March) will be joined by a session of AdaptLab, a workshop on the adaptation of literary works for the screen, developed by TorinoFilmLab and addressing industry professionals. This major initiative from TorinoFilmLab will take place at Locarno for the very first time. AdaptLab will hold its inaugural session from 19 t...

Interview with Oscar Ruir Navia who screened LOS HONGOS at TIFF14

Colombian director, Oscar Ruiz Navia, screened Los Hongos at TIFF (Jury Award winner in Locarno)  Trailer ...

Locarno Open Doors 2014: another side of Africa

    The twelfth edition of Open Doors will be dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa. With support from the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Open Doors aims to support and highlight films and filmmakers from the South and the East, where independent filmmaking is vulnerable, via a focus on a different region every year. The next edition will explore Sub-Saharan Africa, following the spotlight on Francophone African countries in 2012. 2014...

Edgar Reitz at L’immagine e la parola for locarno 2014

    Director Edgar Reitz, who has so brilliantly explored German history in his saga Heimat, will be the guest of honour at the second edition of L’immagine e la parola (12-15 April 2014). Following Aleksandr Sokurov, who featured in the first edition, another great master of European cinema will be centre stage at the Festival del film Locarno’s spring spin-off event. Edgar Reitz, a master of New German cinema, and the auteur behind the saga Heimat, in which he...

Titanus Retrospective in Locarno: A family chronicle of Italian cinema

    The Retrospective for the 67th edition of the Festival del film Locarno (6–16 August 2014) will be dedicated to the Italian production studio Titanus. The Locarno Festival will pay tribute to this major production studio, following the Lux retrospective in 1984. Thanks to close collaboration with the present-day Titanus, the program will be a very comprehensive exploration of the role this production company, founded by Gustavo Lombardo in 1904, has played from its or...

Critics' Prize in Locarno

    At the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, August 7-17, 2013), the Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI PRIZE went to:      "What Now? Remind Me" (E agora? Lembra-me)      by Joaquim Pinto (Portugal, 2013),      shown in the International Competition. "The Portuguese director chronicles a year in his life trialling HIV drugs, and spreads his net ambitiously wider for a m...

Pardo d'oro to HISTORIA DE LA MEVA MORT by Albert Serra

  Concorso internazionale Pardo d’oro
 HISTORIA DE LA MEVA MORT by Albert Serra, Spain/France Premio speciale della giuria
 E AGORA? LEMBRA-ME by Joaquim Pinto, Portugal Pardo per la migliore regia
 (Best Director) HONG SANGSOO for U Ri Sunhi (Our Suhni), South Korea Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile
 (Best Actress) BRIE LARSON for film SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Cretton, United States Pardo per la miglior ...

Locarno opens today August 7th on the Piazza Grande at 21:30 with 2 Guns: Demandez le programme!

  Everyday by 18:00 you will receive an email reviewing all press information for the following day. Through this service, you may also receive information about parallel events, communications from third parties or invitations. To deactivate this service, we kindly ask you to send an email to This service will be provided only until the end of the Festival.    © Festival del film Locarno Piazza Grande Events 7 August 2013 The opening ceremony will ta...

The 66th Festival del film Locarno, Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's first edition launching tomorrow

  The Festival del film Locarno’s 66th edition opens on Wednesday The 66th Festival del film Locarno, Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's first edition, is officially inaugurated by President Marco Solari on Wednesday 7 August with a rich program. The world premiere of Andrea Segre's Indebito, a musical journey into the crisis in Greece, will take place at 15:45, followed by a concert given by Vinicio Capossela, accompanied by five Greek musicians. The Festival audience...

Carlo Chatrian’s visions for Locarno

Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian discusses his ideas for Locarno and presents some of the news and innovations he plans for the 66th edition of the Festival. ...

Carlo Chatrian, new Artistic Director with Locarno fest

                                The Board of Governors decided, at a special meeting held on Tuesday 4 September 2012, to designate Carlo Chatrian as the new Artistic Director of the Festival del film Locarno. Carlo Chatrian will take up his post from 1 November 2012, following Olivier Père, who is leaving the Festival to head up Arte Fran...

Locarno selects 12 Indian projects for Open Doors co-production lab

  From over 200 projects submitted, in 18 different languages, from 30 regions in India, these are the 12 finalists which will participate in Open Doors, the Festival del film Locarno's co-production lab. The selected projects are: - Aharbal Falls by Ajay Raina - Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love by Natasha Mendonca - Arunoday / Sunriseby Partho Sen-Gupta - Burqa Boxers by Alka Raghuram - Char, The Island Within by Sourav Sarangi - Jat Panchayat / The Judgement by Satish ...

Locarno Director Olivier Père announces Open Doors for India in 2011

Open Doors and attractive prizes for India at Locarno Olivier Père, the French film critic who is a member of IFFI jury, is also the Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival. In his second capacity, he brings welcome news to Indian film buffs and budding scriptwriters. Locarno co-production lab ‘Open Doors’ will focus on India in the 64th edition of the festival, to be held during August 3-13, 2011. The Open Doors segment is supported by the Swiss foreign ministry...

Locarno Excellence Award to Chiara Mastroianni

  The Festival del film Locarno will confer the Excellence Award Möet & Chandon to the French actress Chiara Mastroianni. The presentation ceremony will be on Friday 6 August in the Piazza Grande, the following day the public will have an opportunity to attend a discussion with the actress. Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser (Making Plans for Lena), by Christophe Honoré Chiara Mastroianni was born in Paris in 1972 to actors Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni. In 1994, ...

Swisscom Leopard of Honour to Alain Tanner

At the 63rd edition of the Locarno International Film Festival, a Swisscom Leopard of Honour will be awarded to the Swiss director Alain Tanner, who will hold a public Masterclass. © Antonio Masolotti Born in 1929 in Geneva, Alain Tanner made his first cinema feature film in 1969: Charles, Dead or Alive immediately picked up the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival. Two years later, The Salamander (1971) racked up 200,000 ticket sales in Paris. Alain Tanner thus established himself...

10 questions to Olivier Père: Locarno newly appointed Loacarno Artistic Director

In an interview new artistic director Olivier Père outlines his vision of the Festival and ambitions for the future at Locarno. 1. How do you imagine "your" Locarno Festival? Locarno has a clear identity and a great tradition, since the early days it's been committed to discovering and revealing new filmmakers and new territories. That's an approach I've always been very keen on, too, and I intend to stick with it. Locarno is a major festival that gives a useful o...

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