By Indiewire | Indiewire July 17, 2013 at 9:02AM
The Locarno Film Festival unveiled its lineup today, marking the first edition programmed under leadership of new artistic director Carlo Chatrian. The program includes a 20-film international competition, 18 of which are world premieres. Coupled with the other sections of the festival, the lineup offers a diverse combination of high profile festival favorites, Hollywood studio films and discoveries.
The Swiss festival will open August 7 with the international premiere of Baltasar Kormákur's "2 Guns," a Universal-produced action film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg that opens stateside August 2. "2 Guns" will screen outdoors in the festival's legendary Piazza Grande section, which also feature Universal's Richard Curtiz-directed time travel romance "About Time" and Warner Bros. comedy "We're the Millers" alongside festival hits "Blue Ruin" (which premiered at Cannes' Directors Fortnight section) and the Berlin-acclaimed "Gloria." Werner Herzog, who will be honored at the festival, will screen his classic "Fitzcarraldo" in the section. Additionally, as part of the festival's George Cukor retrospective co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Cukor's 1981 "Rich and Famous" will screen in the section.
The international competition, which will be headed by jury president and Philippine director Lav Diaz, features a mixture of newcomers and familiar names from the festival circuit. Spanish director Albert Serra ("Birdsong") will unveil "Story of My Death," which reportedly involves the experiences of Casanova and Dracula. Prolific South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo will world premiere his latest character study, "Our Sunhi." Outside of the new works, Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Real" will make its international premiere in the section, as will SXSW Film Festival grand jury prize winner "Short Term 12," the only American film in the section.
The Filmmakers of the Present section contains two below-the-radar American entries that have already premiered at U.S. festivals: Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck's "40 Years From Yesterday," which recently premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Matt Johnson's Slamdance-winning "The Dirties."
The festival concludes on August 17 with Pascal Plisson's documentary "On the Way to School," a portrait of several children around the world encountering obstacles over the course of the eponymous journey.
"I think of Locarno as a frontier festival," Chatrian, a journalist based in Paris, wrote in an introduction to the announcement, "a festival that tries to explore what's going on at the limits of the film spectrum, on the edges of the frame, to pick up the things that are just off camera but which somehow define the scene." Explaining the wide variety of films in the program, Chatrian added, "we have tried to establish a dialogue between historic and contemporary cinema, between independent and mainstream productions, documentary and fiction, experimental and essay forms. The only categorical imperative was to work with diversity, take it to extremes, to the point where the contradictions emerge."
As previously announced, Indiewire will co-host the Critics Academy for the second year in the row at the festival, publishing work by nine aspiring film critics in attendance.
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2 GUNS by Baltasar Kormákur – United States
VIJAY AND I by Sam Garbarski – Belgium/Luxembourg/Germany
LA VARIABILE UMANA by Bruno Oliviero – Italy
WRONG COPS by Quentin Dupieux – United States
WE’RE THE MILLERS by Rawson Marshall Thurber – United States
THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES by Mikkel Nørgaard – Denmark/Germany/Sweden
LES GRANDES ONDES (À L’OUEST) by Lionel Baier – Switzerland/France/Portugal
RICH AND FAMOUS by George Cukor – United States
GABRIELLE by Louise Archambault – Canada
L’EXPÉRIENCE BLOCHER by Jean-Stéphane Bron – Switzerland/France
GLORIA by Sebastián Lelio – Chile
MR. MORGAN’S LAST LOVE by Sandra Nettelbeck – Germany/Belgium
BLUE RUIN by Jeremy Saulnier – United States
ABOUT TIME by Richard Curtis – United Kingdom
FITZCARRALDO by Werner Herzog – Germany/Peru
SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ÉCOLE by Pascal Plisson – France
CÂND SE LASĂ SEARA PESTE BUCUREŞTI SAU METABOLISM by Corneliu Porumboiu – Romania
E AGORA? LEMBRA-ME by Joaquim Pinto – Portugal
EDUCAÇÃO SENTIMENTAL by Júlio Bressane – Brazil
EL MUDO by Daniel and Diego Vega – Peru/France/Mexico
EXHIBITION by Joanna Hogg – United Kingdom
FEUCHTGEBIETE by David Wnendt – Germany
GARE DU NORD by Claire Simon – France/Canada
HISTORIA DE LA MEVA MORT by Albert Serra – Spain/France
L’ÉTRANGE COULEUR DES LARMES DE TON CORPS
by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani – Belgium/France/Luxembourg
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS by Thomas Imbach – Switzerland/France
PAYS BARBARE by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi – France
REAL by Kiyoshi Kurosawa – Japan
SANGUE by Pippo Delbono – Italy/Switzerland
SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Cretton – United States
SHU JIA ZUO YE by Tso chi Chang – Taiwan
TABLEAU NOIR by Yves Yersin – Switzerland
TOMOGUI by Shinji Aoyama – Japan TONNERRE by Guillaume Brac – France
U RI SUNHI by Sangsoo Hong – South Korea
UNE AUTRE VIE by Emmanuel Mouret – France
FILMMAKERS OF THE PRESENT
BUQƏLƏMUN by Elvin Adigozel and Ru Hasanov – Azerbaijan/France/Russia
COSTA DA MORTE by Lois Patiño – Spain
FORTY YEARS FROM YESTERDAY by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck – United States
L’HARMONIE by Blaise Harrison – France/Switzerland
LE SENS DE L’HUMOUR by Marilyne Canto – France
LOS INSÓLITOS PECES GATO by Claudia Sainte-Luce – Mexico MANAKAMANA by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez – Nepal
MOUTON by Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone – France
ROXANNE by Valentin Hotea – Romania/Hungary
SAI NAM TID SHOER by Nontawat Numbenchapol – Thailand
THE DIRTIES by Matt Johnson – Canada/United States
THE SPECIAL NEED by Carlo Zoratti – Germany/Italy
THE STONE by Se-rae CHO – South Korea
THE UGLY ONE by Eric Baudelaire – France/Lebanon/Japan
THE UNITY OF ALL THINGS 團結一切事物 by Alex Carver and Daniel Schmidt – United States
YUAN FAN by Zhengfan Yang – China