The Locarno International Film Festival announces its official juries
by Muriel Del Don
- Juries of the International Competition, Filmmakers of the Present, Leopards of Tomorrow and First Features sections finally revealed in Locarno
The president of the International Competition at the Locarno Film Festival will be Italian director Gianfranco Rosi, winner with his latest film Sacro GRA [+see also:
interview: Gianfranco Rosi
film profile] of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Rosi will be accompanied in his arduous task by German director of Turkish origin Thomas Arslan (Gold [+see also:
interview: Thomas Arslan
film profile], 2013), by Brazilian actress Alice Braga (Lower City by Sérgio Machado, shown in Cannes in 2005 in the Un Certain Regard section or even City of God by Fernando Meirelles), by Danish actress Connie Nielsen (Nymphomaniac [+see also:
interview: Louise Vesth
film profile] by Lars von Trier or also The Gladiator by Ridley Scott) and by Chinese director Diao Yinan, winner of the Golden Bear at the last edition of the Berlin Festival with the feature-film Black Coal, Thin Ice.
The jury of the Filmmakers of the Present Competition, dedicated to first or second features, will be chaired by director Ossama Mohammed (Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, shown at the last Cannes Festival). The Syrian director will be supported by Thierry Jobin, artistic director of the Fribourg festival, by Canadian writer, director and actor Don McKellar (The Grand Seduction, 2013), by French actress Clémence Poésy (Sandra Nettelbeck's Mr. Morgan’s Last Love [+see also:
film profile]) and by French-Hong Kong editor Mary Stephen, a collaborator (editing and sound track) in many of Eric Rohmer's films.
Chairing the jury of the Leopards of Tomorrow section, a competition dedicated to Swiss and international shorts, will be Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, unforgettable as the replicant Roy in the movie Blade Runner. The jury will also be made up of Brazilian director and organiser Helvécio Marins Jr. (Swirl [+see also:
film profile], 2011), by Spanish director Lois Patiño (Coast of Death [+see also:
interview: Lois Patiño
film profile], 2013), by Ukrainian director Myroslav Sloboshpytskiy (The Tribe, winner of the Un Certain Regard section at the last Cannes festival) and by Swiss director Nicole Vögele (Fog [+see also:
film profile], 2014).
The prize for best first feature, presented without exception in the sections: International Competition, Filmmakers of the Present Competition, Piazza Grande, Out of Competition and Signs of Life, will be awarded by critics and organisers Andréa Picard (Canada), Luciano Monteagudo (Argentina) and Emmanuel Burdeau (France).
(Translated from Italian)
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