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Locarno Sets Slate For 64th Edition

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 13, 2011 at 2:58AM

The Festival del film Locarno has set the full slate for its 64th edition, which takes place August 3-13, 2011 in Locarno, Switzerland. Major American titles like Jon Favreau's "Cowboys and Aliens," Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," Kevin Smith's "Red State," J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" and Will Gluck's "Friends With Benefits" will stand along side an eclectic mix of international film, including 14 world premieres in the festival's competitive Concorso internazionale program.
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The Festival del film Locarno has set the full slate for its 64th edition, which takes place August 3-13, 2011 in Locarno, Switzerland. Major American titles like Jon Favreau's "Cowboys and Aliens," Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," Kevin Smith's "Red State," J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" and Will Gluck's "Friends With Benefits" will stand along side an eclectic mix of international film, including 14 world premieres in the festival's competitive Concorso internazionale program.

Films screening in the latter program include Mike Cahill's "Another Earth," Danielle Arbid's "Beirut Hotel," Nicholas Klotz's "Low Life," Julia Loktev's "The Loneliest Planet," Marco Van Geffen's "Onders On," and Mia-Hansen Love's "Un Amour de Jeunesse"

Olivier Père, the artistic director of the festival, said with regard to the Concorso internazionale program in a statement:

This competition, both open-minded and demanding, brings together several major names in contemporary cinema who have already produced a body of work that has been acclaimed at many festivals - Locarno regulars, and those invited for the first time, as well as young auteurs from all over the world whose talent and skill already prove they are ripe for international competition.

Père also noted that the festival, while "faithful to its origins," is also resolutely looking forward, and continues "its adventurous course, always attentive to change in film and the emergence of new talent."

"It continues to strive to limit the number of films selected," he continued, "in order to guarantee maximum visibility of those selected while offering a range of appealing and tempting views of world cinema, film production in all its forms and landmarks in film history."

Those expected to attend this 64th edition include Claudia Cardinale, Ingrid Caven, Kabir Bedi, Guy Bedos, Abel Ferrara, Mike Medavoy, Bruno Ganz, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Claude Goretta, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Kati Outinen, Pierre Richard, Maribel Verdú, Anri Sala, Daniel Brühl and Nicolas Winding Refn.

Below is the lineup for four of the festival's feature film programs. Check the festival's website for special programs and short film programs.

Piazza Grande
An enormous square that can accommodate up to 8,000 viewers a night, the Piazza Grande is both the Festival’s heart and its showcase. With its giant screen, one of the biggest in Europe, endowed with truly exceptional projection quality, the Piazza Grande is one of the finest open- air venues in the world. This magnificent and unique setting is where every night all the many and diverse Festival audiences come together for a big cinematic event. The programming on the Piazza Grande offers prestigious screenings, most of them world, international or European premieres, introduced by the director and the cast.

4 TAGE IM MAI (4 Days in May) by Achim von Borries
Germany/Russia/Ukraine – 2011 – 97 min with Pavel Wenzel, Aleksei Guskov, Ivan Shvedoff, Andrey Merzlikin, Sergey Legostaev, Maksim Kovalevski Production: X Filme Creative Pool GmbH Coproduction: ZAO Studio F.A.F., LLC Aurora Production, HR, Arte/Strasbourg, NDR International Sales: The Match Factory World Premiere

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS by Vincente Minnelli
United States – 1951 – 113 min with Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron Retrospettiva Vincente Minnelli

ATTACK THE BLOCK by Joe Cornish
United Kingdom – 2011 – 88 min with Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega and Nick Frost Production: Big Talk Pictures Coproduction: Studio Canal, UK Film Council, Film4 International Sales: Studio Canal Swiss Distributor: Frenetic Films First Film

BACHIR LAZHAR by Philippe Falardeau
Canada – 2011 – 94 min with Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron Production: micro_scope International Sales: Films Distribution Swiss Distributor: Agora Films World Premiere

COWBOYS & ALIENS by Jon Favreau
United States – 2011 – 115 min with Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde Production: Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment International Sales: Universal Pictures International Swiss Distributor: Universal Pictures International Switzerland European Premiere

DRIVE by Nicolas Winding Refn
United States – 2011 – 95 min with Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac Production: Bold Films, Odd Lot Entertainment, Marc Platt Productions, Seed Productions International Sales: Sierra / Affinity Swiss Distributor: Ascot Elite Entertainment Group / Elite Film AG

ET SI ON VIVAIT TOUS ENSEMBLE? (And If We All Lived Together) by Stéphane Robelin
France/Germany – 2011 – 96 min with Jane Fonda, Géraldine Chaplin, Pierre Richard, Claude Rich, Guy Bedos, Daniel Brühl Production: Les Films de la Butte, Rommel Film, Manny Films, Studio 37 International Sales: The Match Factory Swiss Distributor: Frenetic Films World Premiere – Closing film

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS by Will Gluck
United States – 2011 – 109 min with Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson Production: Castle Rock Entertainment, Olive Bridge Entertainment, Screen Gems, Zucker Productions International Sales: The Walt Disney Company Swiss Distributor: The Walt Disney Company Switzerland

HEADHUNTERS by Morten Tyldum
Norway/Denmark/Germany – 2011 – 101 min with Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund Production: Friland film as, Yellowbird Norge AS Coproduction: Nordisk film A/S, ARD Degeto Film GmbH International Sales: Trustnordisk Swiss Distributor: Ascot Elite Entertainment Group / Elite Film AG World Premiere

HELL by Tim Fehlbaum
Germany/Switzerland– 2011 – 86 min with Hannah Herzsprung, Lars Eidinger, Stipe Erceg, Angela Winkler Production: Caligari Film- und Fernsehproduktions GmbH Coproduction: Vega Film AG International Sales: Beta Cinema Swiss Distributor: Vega Distribution AG First Film – International Premiere

L’ART D’AIMER (The Art of Love) by Emmanuel Mouret
France – 2011 – 85 min with Ariane Ascaride, Frédérique Bel, François Cluzet, Julie Depardieu, Judith Godrèche, Gaspard Ulliel, Élodie Navarre Production: Moby Dick Films, Partizan Films International Sales: Kinology Swiss Distributor: Ascot Elite Entertainment Group / Elite Film AG World Premiere

LE HAVRE by Aki Kaurismäki
Finland/France/Germany – 2011 – 93 min with André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin Production: Sputnik, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Film Co-Production: ARTE France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte International Sales: The Match Factory Swiss Distributor: Filmcoopi Zürich AG

MOURIR AUPRÈS DE TOI by Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn
France – 2011 – 6 min Animation Production: Realitism Films International Premiere

RED STATE by Kevin Smith
United States – 2011 – 97 min with Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman Production: The Harvey Boys International Sales: IM Global International Premiere

ROMANCE by Georges Schwizgebel
Switzerland – 2011 – 7 min Animation Production: Studio GDS World Premiere

SAYA ZAMURAI (Scabbard Samurai) by Hitoshi Matsumoto
Japan – 2011 – 103 min with Takaaki Nomi, Sea Kumada, Itsuji Itao Production: Yoshimoto Kogyo, Kyoraku Sangyo International Sales: Phantom Film International Premiere – Tribute to Hitoshi Matsumoto

SPORT DE FILLES (Of Women and Horses) by Patricia Mazuy
France/Germany – 2011 – 105 min with Bruno Ganz, Marina Hands, Josiane Balasko, Isabel Karajan Production: Lazennec Films, Maïa Cinéma, Vandertastic Films International Sales: Le Pacte Swiss Distributor: Pathé Films World Premiere – Tribute to Bruno Ganz

SUPER 8 by J.J. Abrams
United States – 2011 – 111 min with Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich Production: Amblin Entertainment, Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures International Sales: Universal Pictures International Swiss Distributor: Universal Pictures International Switzerland Opening Film

-the lineup continues on the next page-

Concorso internazionale
The Concorso internazionale presents a stimulating panorama of contemporary auteur cinema, where young talent rubs shoulders with that of established directors. A jury of major figures in cinema is charged with choosing one of the twenty competing fiction or documentary features from all over the world screened as world or international premieres to win the prestigious Pardo d’oro.

ABRIR PUERTAS Y VENTANAS (Back to Stay) by Milagros Mumenthaler
Argentina/Switzerland/Holland – 2011 – 99 min with María Canale, Martina Juncadella, Ailín Salas, Julián Tello Production: Alina film, Ruda Cine Coproduction: Waterland Film, Fortuna Films, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse World Sales: The Match Factory Swiss distributor: Look Now! First Film – World Premiere

ANOTHER EARTH by Mike Cahill
United States – 2011 – 92 min with William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker Production: Artists Public Domain World Sales: Fox Searchlight Pictures International Premiere

BEIRUT HOTEL by Danielle Arbid
Lebanon/France – 2011 – 98 min with Darine Hamze, Charles Berling, Fadi Abi Samra, Rodney El Haddad Production: Les films Pelléas, Maïa Cinéma World Sales: Films Distribution World Premiere

CRULIC – DRUMUL SPRE DINCOLO (Crulic - The Path to Beyond) by Anca Damian
Romania/Poland – 2011 – 72 min Animation Production: Aparte film Coproduction: Fundacja im. ferdynanda magellana World Sales: Wide Management
World Premiere

DERNIÈRE SÉANCE (Last Screening) by Laurent Achard
France – 2011 – 81 min with Pascal Cervo, Karole Rocher, Mireille Roussel Production: Les Films du Worso Coproduction: Dragon 8, Mikros Image, Arane Productions World Sales: Les Films du Losange World Premiere

DIN DRAGOSTE CU CELE MAI BUNE INTENTII (Best Intentions) by Adrian Sitaru
Romania – 2011 – 105 min with Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab, Marian Râlea, Alina Grigore Production: Hifilm Productions World Sales: Films Boutique World Premiere

EL AÑO DEL TIGRE (The Year of the Tiger) by Sebastián Lelio
Chile – 2011 – 82 min with Luis Dubo, Sergio Hernández, Viviana Herrera Production: Fabula World Sales: Funny Balloons World Premiere

HASHOTER (Policeman) by Nadav Lapid
Israel – 2011 – 107 min with Yiftach Klein, Yaara Pelzig, Michael Mushonov, Menashe Noi Production: Laila Films LTD World Sales: Wide Management First Film – International Premiere

LES CHANTS DE MANDRIN (Smugglers’ Songs) by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
France – 2011 – 97 min with Jacques Nolot, Kenji Levan, Christian Milia-Darmezin, Sylvain Roume, Salim Ameur-Zaïmeche, Jean-Luc Nancy, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche Production: Sarrazink Productions Coproduction: Maharaja Films World Sales: MK2 World Premiere

LOW LIFE by Nicolas Klotz
France – 2011 – 128 min with Camille Rutherford, Arash Naimian, Luc Chessel, Michael Evans, Maud Wyler, Winson Calixte Production: Agora Films Coproduction: Maïa Cinéma, Les Films du Losange, Rhone-Alpes Cinéma World Sales: Les Films du Losange World Premiere

MANGROVE by Frédéric Choffat and Julie Gilbert
Switzerland/France – 2011 – 70 min with Vimala Pons, Solal, Giovanna Cavasola, Efren Mendez Avalos Production: Les Films du Tigre Coproduction: Red Star Cinéma, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse World Sales: Les Films du Tigre Swiss distributor: Agora Films World Premiere

ONDER ONS (Among Us) by Marco Van Geffen
Holland – 2011 – 84 min with Dagmara Bak, Natalia Rybicka, Rifka Lodeizen Production: Lemming Film World Sales: Elle Driver First Film – World Premiere

SAUDADE by Katsuya Tomita
Japan – 2011 – 167 min with Tsuyoshi Takano, Hitoshi Ito, Dengaryu Production: Kuzoku International Premiere

SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA (Seven Acts of Mercy) by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio
Italy/Romania – 2011 – 100 min with Roberto Herlitzka, Olimpia Melinte, Ignazio Oliva, Stefano Cassetti, Cosmin Corniciuc Production: La Sarraz Pictures Coproduction: Elefant Film World Premiere

TANATHUR (Last Days in Jerusalem) by Tawfik Abu Wael
Israel/France/Germany – 2011 – 81 min with Ali Badarni, Lana Hajyahia, Kais Nashef, Zuhaira Sabbagh, Huda Al-Iman, A’mer Hkehel Production: Lama Films, Sophie Dulac Productions, Cabiria Films, Neue Pegasos World Premiere – Open Doors Project 2007

TERRI by Azazel Jacobs
United States – 2010 – 105 min with Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Bridger Zadina, Olivia Crocicchia Production: Verisimiltude Coproduction: Silverwood Films, Periscope Entertainment, KnowMore World Sales: Coach14 International Premiere

THE LONELIEST PLANET by Julia Loktev
United States/Germany – 2011 with Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze Production: Flying Moon Filmproduktion, Parts and Labor, Wild Invention World Sales: The Match Factory World Premiere

TOKYO KOEN by Shinji Aoyama
Japan – 2011 – 119 min with Haruma Miura, Nana Eikura, Manami Konishi, Haruka Igawa Production: d-rights Inc., Showgate Inc., Amuse Inc., Nikkatsu Corporation, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners Inc., Memory-Tech Corporation, Yahoo Japan Corporation International Premiere

UN AMOUR DE JEUNESSE (Goodbye First Love) by Mia Hansen-Løve
France/Germany – 2011 – 110 min with Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Valérie Bonneton, Serge Renko Production: Les films Pelléas, Razor Film Coproduction: Arte France Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, WDR/Arte, Jouror Productions World Sales: Films Distributions Swiss distributor: Frenetic Films International Premiere

VOL SPÉCIAL by Fernand Mélgar
Switzerland – 2011 – 103 min Documentary Production: Climage Coproduction: RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Arte G.E.I.E Swiss distributor: Look Now!
World Premiere


Fuori concorso
The Fuori concorso selection offers recent work – feature, shorts, film essays, and documentaries – by well-established filmmakers, presented out of competition. A place is offered to work presented in non-standard formats, such as collective projects or collections of films, mostly as world, international or European premieres.

1 DUE 100 OFFICINE by Danilo Catti
Switzerland – 2011 – 74 min Documentary Production: Associazione Treno dei Sogni Co-production: Radiotelevisione Svizzera RSI World Premiere

BUENAS NOCHES, ESPAÑA by Raya Martin
Spain/Philippines – 2011 – 70 min Production: Pantalla Partida Co-production: ACC Cinematografica Films International Sales: Pantalla Partida
World Premiere

CARTE BLANCHE by Heidi Specogna
Switzerland/Germany – 2011 – 91 min Documentary Production: PS Film GmbH Co-production: Specogna Film
World Premiere

ELS NOMS DE CRIST (The Names of Christ) by Albert Serra
Spain – 2010 – 193 min Production: Andergraun Films S. L.

GLAUSER by Christoph Kühn
Switzerland – 2011 – 72 min Documentary Production: Ventura film sa Co-production: SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen Swiss distributor: Filmcoopi Zürich AG
World Premiere

GOTTHARD SCHUH. UNA VISIONE SENSUALE DEL MONDO by Villi Hermann
Switzerland – 2011 – 89 min Documentary Production: Imagofilm SA Lugano, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen International Sales: Imagofilm SA Lugano World Premiere

INCONSCIO ITALIANO by Luca Guadagnino
Italy – 2011 – 100 min Documentary Production: First Sun World Premiere

LET THE BULLETS FLY by JIANG Wen
China – 2010 – 132 min with CHOW Yun-fat, JIANG Wen, GE You, Carina LAU Production: Emperor Motion Picture (International) Limited, Beijing Buyilehu Film And Culture Limited, China Film Group Corporation International Sales and distribution: Emperor Motion Pictures European Premiere

MILANO 55%
Italy – 2011 – 105 min Documentary collectively made, co-ordinated by Luca Mosso and Bruno Oliviero Production: Filmmaker World Premiere

NINIFUNI by Tetsuya Mariko
Japan – 2011 – 42 min with Masaru Miyazaki, Takashi Yamanaka, Kanako Momota, Akari Hayami Production: Nikkatsu World Premiere

TAHRIR by Stefano Savona
Italy/France – 2011 – 90 min Documentary Production: Picofilms World Premiere


Concorso Cineasti del presente
An ideal arena for discovery, the Concorso Cineasti del presente is dedicated to emerging directors from all over the world and devoted to first and second features. Fourteen documentary and fiction features compete as world or international premieres for the Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente - Premio George Foundation.

É NA TERRA NÃO É NA LUA (It’s the Earth Not the Moon) by Gonçalo Tocha
Portugal – 2011 – 180 min Documentary World Premiere

EL ÁRBOL DE LAS FRESAS by Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Canada – 2011 – 71 min Documentary Production: Ibibym Films First Film – World Premiere

EL ESTUDIANTE (The Student) by Santiago Mitre
Argentina – 2011 – 110 min with Esteban Lamothe, Romina Paula, Ricardo Felix, Valeria Correa Production: La Unión by los Ríos, Pasto Co-production: El Pampero Cine, Wanka, Tierra Colorada Films First Film – Internationale Premiere

HANAAN by Ruslan Pak
South Korea/Uzbékistan – 2011 – 84 min with Stanislav Tyan, Bahodir Musaev, Ilbek Faiziev, Dmitry Eum, Ruslan Pak Production: Zamie Pictures & Flying Tiger Pictures International Sales: M - Line Distribution First Film – World Premiere

HELLO! SHU XIAN SHENG (Mr. Tree) by Jie Han
China – 2011 – 88 min with Baoqiang Wang, Zhuo Tan Production: Xstream Pictures Co-production: Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Beijing Bona Film and Cultural Communication Co., Ltd. International Sales: United Star Co International Premiere

L’ESTATE DI GIACOMO by Alessandro Comodin
Italy/France/Belgium – 2011 – 78 min with Giacomo Zulian, Stefania Comodin, Barbara Colombo Production: Faber Film Co-production: Les Films d’ici, Les Films Nus First Film – World Premiere

NANA by Valérie Massadian
France – 2011 – 68 min with Kelyna Lecomte, Alain Sabras, Marie Delmas Production: GAÏJIN International Sales: Wide Management First Film – World Premiere
Concorso Cineasti del presente

PAPIROSEN by Gaston Solnicki
Argentina – 2011 – 74 min Documentary with Víctor Solnicki, Mirta Najdorf, Mateo Tarlowsky, Pola Winicki, Lara Tarlowsky Production: Filmy Wiktora Co-production: Atopic/Third Home, Naked Faces International Sales: Atopic/Third Home World Premiere

SEÑORITA by Vincent Sandoval
Phillippines – 2011 – 99 min with Vincent Sandoval, Publio Briones, Garry Lim, Richard Manabat Production: Autodidact Pictures International Sales: Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity First Film – World Premiere

SOLNETCHNIYE DNI (Sunny Days) by Nariman Turebayev
Kazakhstan – 2011 – 101 min with Erlan Utepbergenov, Iuriy Radin, Inkar Abdrash, Dmitry Skirta, Asel Kaliyeva Production: Kazakhfilm JSC, Kadam Studio World Premiere – Open Doors Project 2010

TAI YANG ZONG ZAI ZUO BIAN (The Sun Beaten Path) by Sonthar Gyal
China – 2011 – 89 min with Yeshe Lhadruk, Lo Kyi, Kalzang Rinchen, Lhakyed Ma, Rekdsen Drolma Production: Beijing Fang Jin Television Media co. Production International Sales: Beijing Fang Jin Television Media co. Production First Film – International Premiere

THE COLOR WHEEL by Alex Ross Perry
United States – 2011 – 83 min with Carlen Altman, Bob Byington, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alex Ross Perry Production: Dorset Films International Premiere

THE SUBSTANCE – ALBERT HOFMANN’S LSD by Martin Witz
Switzerland – 2011 – 89 min Documentary Production: Ventura film sa Co-production: RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Teleclub AG, Lichtblick Filmproduktion GmbH, Spotlight Media Productions AG
International Sales: Autlook Filmsales GmbH Swiss distributor: Frenetic Films World Premiere

WITHOUT by Mark Jackson
United States – 2011 – 87 min with Joslyn Jensen, Ron Carrier Production: Right on Red Films First Film – International Premiere

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