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LOCARNO 2018 Piazza Grande / Filmmakers of the Present / Signs of Life / Out of Competition

Locarno's Piazza Grande opts for free and light-hearted comedies


- Numerous European films have been selected for the parallel sections at Locarno Film Festival, with France, Italy and Switzerland all securing a spot on the Piazza Grande

Locarno's Piazza Grande opts for free and light-hearted comedies
I Feel Good by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern

The 71st edition of Locarno Film Festival (read about the International Competition here) will boost a strong American presence on the Piazza Grande (it would be impossible not to mention BlacKkKlansman by Spike Lee or Blaze by Ethan Hawke), but France has been granted the honour of opening and closing the festival in this majestic setting.

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Les Beaux Esprits by Vianney Lebasque, which is due to be screened right after Liberty by the American director Leo McCarey, will kick off a “lighter and more care-free" programme in the Piazza Grande (to use Carlo Chatrian's own words). Consistent until the end, the programme will close with the irreverent notes of the comedy I Feel Good by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, which stars Jean Dujardin in the role of an irresistible trickster. The film will be followed by the premiere of the TV series Coincoin et les z'inhumains by this year's Pardo d'Onore winner Bruno Dumont. An absolute first for a Piazza that has not yet screened any TV series. A sign of the things to come? The third French film to be screened on the Piazza Grande will be L'Ordre des médecins, the first feature film by David Roux (starring Belgian actor Jérémie Renier, and Swiss actress Marthe Keller),  which tells the story of a young doctor grappling with a series of existential doubts.

In terms of European films, the Piazza will be screening the world premieres of Le Vent tourne, the first French language film bythe Swiss director Bettina Oberli, and the Italian-Swiss co-production L'ospite by Duccio Chiarini. Both films focus on modern couples struggling with the complexity of present times and the need to make very inconvenient decisions. Un nemico che ti vuole bene by Denis Rabaglia is also an Italian-Swiss co-production starring Diego Abatantuono and Sandra Milo. The Piazza will also be hosting the screenings of two films focusing on psychotherapists: Ruben Brandt, Collector, the first feature film by the Hungarian director Milorad Krstic, which focuses on Ruben Brandt, a bizarre and extraordinary psychotherapist who turned into one of the most wanted criminals in the world, and the comedy Was uns nicht umbringt bythe German director Sandra Nettelbeck.

The Filmmakers of the Present competition – which includes 16 films, nine of which are European productions and co-productions – includes the Swiss-Belgian co-production Ceux qui travaillent, the first feature film by the very young Geneva-born director Antoine Russbach, Closing Time by yet another young Swiss director Nicole Vögele (Swiss-German co-production), a sort of cinematographic reflection on the chaos in Taipei, Sophia Antipolis, the new film by French director Virgil Vernier, and the hotly-anticipated first feature films Yesterday by Hungarian director Bálint Kenyeres and Trot by Spanish director Xacio Baño.

Signs of Life, dedicated to new forms of storytelling, will once again welcome established professionals (such as Eugène Green and Como Fernando Pessoa salvou Portugal) as well as young promising directors.

Many European films are also due to be screened out of competition (eight of the eleven), including the Swiss films Amur senza fin by Christoph Staub and Insulare by Stéphane Goël, and the Italian film Ora e sempre riprendiamoci la vita by Silvano Agostini, created using footage collected by the director in the ten-year period from 1968 to 1978 and featuring emblematic personalities such as Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Fo.

Lastly, the parallel section of the Critics' Week also announced its selection.

Selected films:

Piazza Grande 

BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee (USA)
BlazeEthan Hawke (USA)
Coincoin and the Extra HumansBruno Dumont (France)
I Feel GoodBenoît Delépine e Gustave Kervern (France)
Le Vent tourneBettina Oberli (Switzerland/France)
Les Beaux EspritsVianney Lebasque (France)
LibertyLeo McCarey (USA) (short film)
L’Ordre des médecinsDavid Roux (France)
L’ospiteDuccio Chiarini (Italy/Switzerland/France)
Maynila sa kuko ng liwanagLino Brocka (the Philippines)
Birds of Passage [+see also:
film review
film profile
Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra (Colombia/Denmark/Mexico)
Ruben Brandt, CollectorMilorad Krstic (Hungary)
Se7enDavid Fincher (USA)
SearchingAnnesh Chaganty (USA)
The Equalizer 2Antoine Fuqua (USA)
Un nemico che ti vuole beneDenis Rabaglia (Italy/Switzerland)
Was uns nicht umbringtSandra Nettelbeck (Germany)

Filmmakers of the Present

All GoodEva Trobisch (Germany)
Ceux qui travaillentAntoine Russbach (Switzerland/Belgium)
ChaosSara Fattahi (Austria/Syria/Lebanon/Qatar)
Closing TimeNicole Vögele (Switzerland/Germany)
Familia sumergidaMaria Alché (Argentina/Brazil/Germany/Norway)
FaustoAndrea Bussmann (Mexico/Canada)
The DriveYona Rozenkier (Israel)
Suburban BirdsQiu Sheng (China)
L’époqueMatthieu Bareyre (France)
LikemebackLeonardo Guerra Seragnoli (Italy/Croatia)
Dead Horse Nebula - Tarık Aktaş (Turkey)
We Are Thankful – Joshua Magor (South Africa/UK)
Sophia AntipolisVirgil Vernier (France)
YesterdayBálint Kenyeres (Hungary/Germany/France/Netherlands/Morocco/Sweden)
Long Way HomeAndré Novais Oliveira (Brazil)
TrotXacio Baño (Spain/Lithuania)

Signs of Life 

A Room With a Coconut ViewTulapop Saenjaroen (Thailand) (short film)
Communion Los AngelesAdam R. Levine, Peter Bo Rappmund (USA)
Como Fernando Pessoa salvou PortugalEugène Green (Portugal/France/Belgium) (short film)
DulcineaLuca Ferri (Italy)
GulyabaniGürcan Keltek (Netherlands/Turkey) (medium-length film)
The Fragile HouseLin Zi (China)
Men in the WallaHu Bo (China) (short film)
La casa de Julio IglesiasNatalia Marín (Spain) (short film)
Le discours d’acceptation glorieux de Nicolas ChauvinBenjamin Crotty (France) (short film)
Sedução da carneJúlio Bressane (Brazil)
Sobre todo sobre nadaDídio Pestana (Portugal)
The Grand BizarreJodie Mack (USA)
Erased, Ascent of the InvisibleGhassan Halwani (Lebanon)
Veslemoy’s SongSofia Bohdanowicz (Canada) (short film) 

Out of Competition

Amur senza finChristophe Schaub (Switzerland)
De chaque instantNicolas Philibert (France/Japan)
InsulaireStéphane Goël (Switzerland)
Mudar la pielAna Schulz, Cristóbal Fernández (Spain)
My home, in Libya – Martina Melilli (Italy)
Narcissister Organ PlayerNarcissister (USA)
Ora e sempre riprendiamoci la vitaSilvano Agosti (Italy)
Acid Forest – Rugilé Barzdžiukaitė (Lithuania)
Sembra mio figlioCostanza Quatriglio (Italy/Croatia/Belgium)
The SentenceRudy Valdez (USA)
Walking on WaterAndrey Paounov (USA/Italy)

Critics' Week

The Apollo of Gaza - Nicolas Wadimoff (Switzerland/Canada)
The Time of Forests - François-Xavier Drouet (France)
#Female Pleasure - Barbara Miller (Switzerland/Germany)
Days of Madness [+see also:
film review
film profile
- Damian Nenadic (Croatia/Slovenia)
Easy Lessons - Dorottya Zurbó (Hungary)
Women with Gunpowder Earrings - Reza Farahmand (Iran)
Tara's Footprint - Georgina Barreiro (Argentina)

(Translated from Italian)

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