We won’t know the full 2015 Locarno Film Festival lineup until July 15, but so far the fest has booked world premieres from two top-flight auteurs.
Cult Polish director Andrzej Zulawski returns for his first film in 15 years with “Cosmos,” a metaphysical noir thriller that played the Cannes market. The Swiss film festival has served a home for Zulawski before, as in 1981 when he presided over the jury and his arthouse horror-psychodrama “Possession,” a vanishing rarity starring a gloriously unhinged Isabelle Adjani that is well worth seeking out, screened out of competition.
Zulawski has been polishing “Cosmos” since January. It’s based on the 1965 seriocomic novel by Witold Gombrowicz and centers on two young men (Jonathan Genet and Johan Libereau) whose country retreat takes a turn for the sinister and mind-bending. The “Cosmos” cast includes French actress and Alain Resnais muse Sabine Azéma. Here’s a more detailed description of the film, which will shoot to the top of many cinephiles’ must-see lists:
One night of July, Witold escapes with a friend from the city to see and live other things in some distant countryside. They land at a family pension of a retired couple, living with their daughter, who has a pure and virginal mouth, and the maid, who has a deformed and hideous one. Immediately attracted to those lips, he becomes obsessed with both girls. He is also dragged towards a series of strange signs that tie to one another in a stifling atmosphere.
Another more prolific auteur will join Zulawski in Locarno: Hong Sang-soo, South Korea’s master of meta-mischief, returns with “Right Now, Wrong Then.” According to Locarno, “the film continues the director’s creative exploration of the relationships between life and cinema with his habitual tongue-in-cheek humor.” Hong won the fest’s 2013 Best Director prize for his charmingly offbeat comedy of errors “Our Sunhi.” His universe of over 15 features includes “In Another Country” starring Isabelle Huppert, “The Day He Arrives” and “Hahaha.”
Locarno runs August 5 through 15, 2015.