Watch on Cineuropa: Locarno stunners that changed their directors’ careers
- For the second part of our spotlight on Locarno, more films from the fest’s past editions for you to enjoy on our pages
Sometimes it only takes one film for your career to skyrocket, and for your film to leave a mark on the history of the medium. Below, we’ve put together a list of movies that propelled their directors into the spotlight, early masterworks that found a slot in previous editions of the Locarno Festival. For the second instalment in our focus on the Swiss fest, here’s another batch of films that will help you conjure Locarno’s magic from the comforts of home. Sit down, and enjoy them on Cineuropa!
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Here’s a punch-in-the-gut of a film, an unflinching and harrowing look at a twenty-something struggling to stay afloat while his mother battles a serious illness, and things fall apart. Christopher Abbott delivers a fulminating performance as the film’s broken hero, but it’s writer-director Josh Mond who steals the scene, imbuing this memorable drama with endless compassion. If “James White” has skipped your radars, here’s another chance to watch it. Don’t miss it.
Looking for an endlessly entertaining and psychotic satire of life in the suburbs? Welcome to Greener Grass, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s surreal, all-out-bizarre Pleasantville, where adults wear braces, everyone drives golf carts, and children turn into golden retrievers… it’s a hypnotic watch, guaranteed to lure you into its crazy universe from start to finish.
Guido is pushing 40, and coming to grips with the painful realisation that his girlfriend doesn’t want to bear his child, or be with him anymore. Sounds depressing? Fear not: The Guest is hardly a sentimental or pity-drenched flick, but a comedy filled with piercing and very witty observations on belonging, commitment, and growing old.
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Being an honest person has always been hard everywhere around the world, but as Glory suggests, it’s nowhere more difficult than in Bulgaria. When a railroad worker chances upon a treasure worth millions and returns it to the police, his life takes a dark and near-farcical turn. Unpredictable, incisive and thoroughly enjoyable, Kristina Grozeva and Peter Valchanov’s Glory ranks high among the best Locarno entries of the past few years.
Twelve months after a sudden break-up, struggling musician Nikos invites his ex Sofia to his friend’s villa to figure out what went wrong. Stergios Paschos’ debut feature is a gorgeous and humorous portrait of two adults caught in a protracted adolescence, unable - or perhaps just unwilling - to grow up.
Soon after his wife is killed in an accident, widower Alexandru receives a visit from Sebastian, a man with whom she was having an affair. A substantive relationship between the two grieving men sounds impossible, and yet, in turns humorous and harrowing, Charleston conjures a highly unlikely and deeply compassionate bromance for the ages.
An enchanting and deeply ironic look at Manhattan’s endangered debutante scene (seen through the eyes of a middle-class boy who join their ranks), Metropolitan feels like it belongs in a world of its own, an indelible film graced with humour, charm, and a thick vein of nostalgia.
What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build suddenly crumbles before your eyes? For Frank, a longtime employee of a maritime freight company, the only escape is to salvage his relationship with the youngest daughter. A compelling look at the have-nots, Those Who Work confirms director Antoine Russbach as a talent to watch.
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