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LOCARNO 2019 Piazza Grande / Filmmakers of the Present / Moving Ahead / Out of Competition / Critics’ Week

Locarno’s Piazza Grande to host both auteur films and crowd-pleasers

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- The 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival will see a number of European films featuring in parallel sections of the event, but they will also make an appearance in the prestigious Piazza Grande

Locarno’s Piazza Grande to host both auteur films and crowd-pleasers
Notre Dame by Valérie Donzelli

“First of all, there was the question of the Piazza Grande line-up and our response came out of a desire to forge a link between authorial visions and crowd pleasing films”, explains Lili Hinstin, the new director of the Locarno Film Festival, who unveiled today the festival's line-up (read the news about the International Competition) on the subject of the prestigious Piazza programme. Hers is a desire to appeal to the masses, but to also whet the appetites of film lovers who are increasingly particular over quality and, all-importantly, originality.

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The Piazza Grande will play host to films ranging from the psychological thriller Instinct [+see also:
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by the Dutch director Halina Reijn to the angst-inducing action movie 7500 [+see also:
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 by Patrick Vollrath (attending Locarno with this, his first film), not forgetting Stéphane Demoustier’s French-Belgian courtroom drama The Girl with a Bracelet [+see also:
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 and the wholesome and restorative comedy Notre Dame [+see also:
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by Valérie Donzelli, who be attending the festival to present her work. It’s likewise impossible not to mention the latest work by Quentin Tarantino (presented in Cannes) Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. A great, if not overwhelming number of European films will be strutting their stuff in the Piazza Grande, confirming the diversity and high quality of films emerging from this decidedly buoyant sector of late. These include the Italian films Magari [+see also:
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by Ginevra Elkann (opening film) and The Nest [+see also:
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interview: Roberto De Feo
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by Roberto De Feo, the French production Camille [+see also:
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by Boris Lojkine, the French-Swiss short film New Acid by Basim Magdy, the Belgian-French co-production Adoration [+see also:
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interview: Fabrice du Welz
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by Fabrice Du Welz, the Swiss comedy Die fruchtbaren Jahre sind vorbei [+see also:
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by Natascha Beller and, finally, two productions hailing from the UK: Days of the Bagnold Summer [+see also:
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by Simon Bird and Diego Maradona [+see also:
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interview: Asif Kapadia
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by Asif Kapadia.

In terms of the long-awaited Filmmakers of the Present line-up, Lili Hinstin has emphasised her desire to include within the selection “extreme works which sit on the boundary between documentary film and fiction, which invent new forms of filmmaking and which help us to look at the world from different standpoints”. Indeed, a great number of surprising works are ready and willing to break the mould: the second work by the actress Jeanne Balibar Wonders in the Suburbs [+see also:
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, Space Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Elsa Kremser, Levin Peter
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by Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter (who voices the first dog sent to the moon, Leika), and the surreal and incisive Swiss film Love Me Tender [+see also:
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by Klaudia Reynicke. Another surprising Swiss film in the mix is Bird Island [+see also:
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by the duo composed of Maya Kosa and Sergio da Costa. European productions and co-productions also abound in this festival section: Here For Life [+see also:
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by Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson (UK), Ivana the Terrible [+see also:
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by Ivana Mladenović (Romania/Serbia), the Italian films The Young Observant [+see also:
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interview: Davide Maldi
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by Davide Maldi and The Cold Raising the Cold [+see also:
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by Rong Guang Rong, the Belgian-French co-production Overseas [+see also:
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by Yoon Sung-a, but also 143 rue du désert [+see also:
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by Hassen Ferhani (Algeria/France/Qatar), Oroslan [+see also:
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interview: Matjaž Ivanišin
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by Matjaž Ivanišin (Slovenia/Czech Republic) and The Tree House [+see also:
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by Minh Quý Trương (Singapore/Vietnam/Germany/France/China).

The section dedicated to exploratory cinema has changed name and will henceforth be known as Moving Ahead, in tribute to Jonas Mekas (and his film dating back to the year 2000 As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty) who passed away on 23 January this year. That said, the spirit and objectives of the section remain unchanged and the selected works are just as destabilising, experimental and innovative as ever. The strong presence of European works spills over into this category too, thanks to titles from established directors and youngsters alike: Black Hole [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Grimaud and Arnaud Deshayes (France), Color-Blind by the experimental filmmaker Ben Russell (France/Germany), In Memoriam by Jean-Claude Rousseau (France), the UK-Thailand co-production Krabi, 2562 [+see also:
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by the famous artist Ben Rivers and the filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong, Ralf's Colors [+see also:
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by Lukas Marxt (Austria/Germany/Spain/France), The Giverny Document (Single Channel) by Ja’Tovia M Gary (US/France), the co-production uniting China and Germany The Invisible Hand by Omer Fast, Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another [+see also:
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by Jessica Sarah Rinland (UK/Argentina/Spain) and Un film dramatique [+see also:
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by France’s Eric Baudelaire.

Piazza Grande

Magari [+see also:
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Ginevra Elkann (Italy/France) (opening film)
Lettre à Freddy Buache - Jean-Luc Godard (Switzerland) (short film, 1982)
New AcidBasim Magdy (France/Switzerland) (short film)
The Girl with a Bracelet [+see also:
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Stéphane Demoustier (France/Belgium)
7500 [+see also:
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Patrick Vollrath (Germany/Austria)
Greener GrassJocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe (US)
Once Upon A Time… In HollywoodQuentin Tarantino (US)
CoffyJack Hill (US) (1973)
Notre Dame [+see also:
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Valérie Donzelli (France/Belgium)
Die fruchtbaren Jahre sind vorbei [+see also:
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Natascha Beller (Switzerland)
Instinct [+see also:
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Halina Reijn (Netherlands)
Memories of MurderBong Joon-ho (South Korea) (2003)
Camille [+see also:
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Boris Lojkine (France)
Days of The Bagnold Summer [+see also:
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Simon Bird (UK)
Diego Maradona [+see also:
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interview: Asif Kapadia
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Asif Kapadia (UK)
The Nest [+see also:
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interview: Roberto De Feo
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Roberto De Feo (Italy)
Adoration [+see also:
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interview: Fabrice du Welz
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Fabrice Du Welz (Belgium/France)
Cecil B. DementedJohn Waters (US/France) (2000)
To the Ends of the EarthKiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan/Uzbekistan/Qatar)

Filmmakers of the Present

143 rue du désert [+see also:
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- Hassen Ferhani (Algeria/France/Qatar)
Nafi’s FatherMamadou Dia (Senegal)
Ham On RyeTyler Taormina (US)
Here For Life [+see also:
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Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson (UK)
Ivana the Terrible [+see also:
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Ivana Mladenović (Romania/Serbia)
The Young Observant [+see also:
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interview: Davide Maldi
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]
Davide Maldi (Italy)
Bird Island [+see also:
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Maya Kosa, Sergio da Costa (Switzerland)
La paloma y el loboCarlos Lenin (Mexico)
The Cold Raising the Cold [+see also:
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Rong Guang Rong (Italy)
Love Me Tender [+see also:
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Klaudia Reynicke (Switerland)
MariamSharipa Urazbayeva (Kazakstan)
Wonders in the Suburbs [+see also:
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 – Jeanne Balibar (France)
The Tree House [+see also:
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- Minh Quý Trương (Singapore/Vietnam/Germany/France/China)
Oroslan [+see also:
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interview: Matjaž Ivanišin
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- Matjaž Ivanišin (Slovenia/Czech Republic)
Overseas [+see also:
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Yoon Sung-a (Belgium/France)
Space Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Elsa Kremser, Levin Peter
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Elsa Kremser, Levin Peter (Austria/Germany)

Moving Ahead

(Tourism Studies)Joshua Gen Solondz (US) (short film)
A Topography Of MemoryBurak Cevik (Turkey/Canada) (medium-length film)
Black Hole [+see also:
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Emmanuel Grimaud, Arnaud Deshayes (France)
Color-BlindBen Russell (France/Germany) (medium-length film)
DistancingMiko Ravereza (US) (short film)
In MemoriamJean-Claude Rousseau (France) (short film)
KasiteritRiar Rizaldi (Indonesia) (short film)
Krabi, 2562 [+see also:
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Ben Rivers, Anocha Suwichakornpong (UK/Thailand)
LoreSky Hopinka (US) (short film)
Ralf's Colors [+see also:
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Lukas Marxt (Austria/Germany/Spain/France)
OsmosisZhou Tao (China)
SwinguerraBarbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca (Brazil) (short film)
The Giverny Document (Single Channel)Ja’Tovia M Gary (US/France) (short film)
The Invisible HandOmer Fast (China/Germany) (short film)
Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another [+see also:
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Jessica Sarah Rinland (UK/Argentina/Spain)
Un film dramatique [+see also:
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Eric Baudelaire (France)

Out of Competition

Arguments [+see also:
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Olivier Zabat (France)
Baghdad In My Shadow [+see also:
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Samir (Switzerland/Germany/UK/Iraq)
Etre Jérôme Bel [+see also:
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Sima Khatami, Aldo Lee (France)
Felix In WonderlandMarie Losier (France/Germany) (medium-length film)
Giraffe [+see also:
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Anna Sofie Hartmann (Germany/Denmark)
The Holy Family [+see also:
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Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (France)
The Prince's Voyage [+see also:
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Jean-François Laguionie, Xavier Picard (France/Luxemburg)
Not a DreamGiovanni Cioni (Italy)
A Pleasure, Camrades! [+see also:
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José Filipe Costa (Portugal)
Under The GodDino Longo Sabanovic, Ana Shametaj, Pier Lorenzo Pisano, Valentina Manzoni, Zhannat Alshanova, Ariel Gutiérrez Flores, Giulio Pettenò, Salvator Tinajero, Hayk Matevosyan, George Varsimashvili, Arthur Theyskens, Alex Takàcs, Naomi Waring, Grieco Rafael, Anna Spacio (collective film overseen by Béla Tarr) (Switzerland)
WilcoxDenis Côté (Canada)
Parents [+see also:
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Eric Bergkraut, Ruth Schweikert (Switzerland)
De una islaJosé Luis Guerin (Spain) (short film)
Lonely RiversMauro Herce (Spain/France) (short film)
Mi piel, luminosaNicolás Pereda, Gabino Rodríguez (Mexico/Canada) (short film)
NimicYorgos Lanthimos (Germany/United Kingdom/US) (short film)
San VittoreYuri Ancarani (Italy/Switzerland) (short film)
Sapphire CrystalVirgil Vernier (France/Switzerland) (short film)

Critics' Week

The Euphoria of Being [+see also:
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 - Réka Szabó (Hungary)
Adolescentes - Sébastien Lifshitz (France)
Another Reality - Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer (Germany/Switzerland)
Der grüne Berg (The Green Mountain) - Fredi M. Murer (Switzerland) (1990)
Lovemobil [+see also:
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- Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss (Germany)
Murghab [+see also:
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- Martin Saxer, Daler Kaziev, Marlen Elders (Germany)
Notha -ye- mesi yek roya (Copper Notes of a Dream) - Reza Farahmand (Canada/Iran)
Shalom Allah [+see also:
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- David Vogel (Switzerland)

(Translated from Italian)

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