It has been announced that Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer" will open the 62nd Locarno Film Festival. The film will screen on Wednesday August 5th, 2009 on the Piazza Grande in the small Swiss city. The festival opened last year with Julian Jarrold's "Brideshead Revisited."
Marking its European premiere, "Summer" debuted on the festival circuit this past January at Sundance. At the time, indieWIRE's Eric Kohn said that "it’s hard to deny the movie’s basic charm." "Summer" will be released in North American theaters July 17th through Fox Searchlight.
Locarno, which runs through August 15th, also announced two competition entries: Swiss filmmaker Frederic Mermoud's "Complices," starring Emmanuelle Devos and Gilbert Melki, and Esmir Filho's "The Famous and the Dead," about the cyber world of a rural Brazilian 16 year old.
The complete lineup will be announced July 16.