Hansen-Love, Klotz and Ameur-Zaimèche in competition at Locarno
by Fabien Lemercier
The arrival last year of Olivier Père (photo), the former Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selector, as artistic director of the Locarno International Film Festival seems to be a pulling point for French film directors.
Indeed, according to our sources, the Swiss festival’s 64th edition (August 3-13) is expected to show, in competition, Nicolas Klotz’s Lovers (see news); Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s Smugglers’ Songs (see news); and Mia-Hansen Love’s Goodbye First Love [+see also:
film profile] (see news). The latter’s selection has already been officially confirmed.
All three filmmakers were previously selected in the Directors’ Fortnight under Père’s direction: Klotz with The Wound [+see also:
film profile] and Heartbeat Detector [+see also:
film profile] in 2004 and 2007, Ameur-Zaïmeche with Adhen [+see also:
film profile] in 2008 and Hansen-Love with All Is Forgiven [+see also:
film profile] in 2007.
Sold internationally by Films Distribution, Goodbye First Love will be launched in French theatres on July 6 by Les Films du Losange, who will also handle both French distribution and international sales for Lovers. Meanwhile, Smugglers’ Songs, which won the Jean Vigo Award (see news), is sold and distributed by MK2.
(Translated from French)