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Locarno International Film Festival

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    Locarno Locks Down Two Early Titles: Mia Hansen-Love's Latest & Debut Feature from De Serio Twins

    The 64th Locarno International Film Festival today revealed the first two titles in its International Competition: Mia Hansen-Løve's "Un amour de jeunesse," and Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio's "Sette opere di misericordia."

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    Under New Guidance, Locarno Dashes Through Busy 63rd Year

    Olivier Père left no doubt about his roots when he left his position as the artistic director of Directors' Fortnight at Cannes to hold the same job at the Locarno Film Festival this year. A montage of notable filmmakers whose early works premiered in Locarno played for about a minute before each co...

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    "Winter Vacation" Wins Top Prize at Locarno Fest

    Chinese director Li Hongqi took home the Pardo d'oro, or Golden Leopard, for his film, "Han Jia" (Winter Vacation), closing out the 63rd Locarno Film Festival. French/Romanian/Hungarian production "Morgen" by Marian Crisan received a Special Jury Prize, while Denis Côté was named Best Director for h...

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    Locarno Review | Singing Serbian Depression: "White White World"

    In the Serbian drama "White White World: The Miner's Opera" ("Beli Beli Svet"), the characters sing, but never dance. Formulated as a modern day Greek tragedy set in the decrepit southeastern mining town Bor, the movie follows a close group of alienated locals through misguided love affairs and othe...

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    Daniel Cockburn's Enigmatic "You Are Here" Is "Inception" With More Puzzles

    A man trapped in a room answers questions in Chinese without comprehending the language. Confused pedestrians wander the city streets, taking meaningless orders from a control center that guides their movements. A child tells the story of a mad scientist whose ubiquitous computer-eye threatens ...

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    Locarno Courts Controversy in First Week

    This year's edition of the Locarno Film Festival promised to be an edgier affair with Cannes' Directors Fortnight ex-artistic director Olivier Pere at the helm. His choices were provocative and signaled a youthful revamp for the festival, now in its 63rd year. Pere himself is only 39. As Pere told t...

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    Locarno Review | A Man Copied: Benedek Fliegauf's "Womb"

    The prospects of human cloning have provided fodder for decades of science fiction stories because they always contain a kernel of truth. Unlike the far-fetched conceits of alien invasions and deep space travel, cloning is tangible to the point where it doesn't demand extreme suspension of disbelief...

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    Locarno Review | Diary of a Filmmaker: Christophe Honoré's "Man At Bath"

    Christophe Honoré has cranked out a series of critical favorites over the last few years, garnering enough praise to place him among the giants of contemporary French cinema. Popularity often gives artists room to play around, a freedom reflected in the relative smallness of his latest feature, "Man...

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    Locarno Review | Santa Gone Wild: Jalmari Helander's "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale"

    In 2003, Finnish director Jalmari Helander made a zany short film about smugglers in the business of hunting Santa Claus and inadvertently created a viral sensation. The short, "Rare Exports Inc.," and its 2005 follow-up, "Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions," con...

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    Locarno Interview | Kitao Sakurai on Debut Feature "Aardvark"

    Those who attended indieWIRE and SnagFilms' birthday on July 15 were lucky enough to view an advance screening of Kitao Sakurai's first feature "Aardvark." The film will have its official world premiere at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival that's currently underway, as part of the Filmmakers of the Pre...

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