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Locarno International Film Festival

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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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    Locarno Review | Undead Porn: Bruce LaBruce's "L.A. Zombie"

    Unless I'm missing something, the miraculous potential of a giant undead penis in Bruce LaBruce's "L.A. Zombie" is a definite first for film history. Banned from the Melbourne Film Festival and bound to inspire heated debate wherever it plays next, the wordless, hour-long portrait of a walking corps...

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    Locarno Review | Savage Grace: Benoit Jacquot's "Deep in the Woods"

    In the recent period of Benoit Jacquot's more than thirty years of filmmaking, with movies like "Seventh Heaven," he has often embraced a sharp psychoanalytic perspective. "Deep in the Woods" ("Au Fond Des Bois"), the French director's seventeenth feature and the opening night Piazza screening at th...

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    50 World Premieres Headed to 63rd Locarno Film Festival

    Fifty world premieres, with a sharp focus on first-time feature filmmakers, are set for the 63rd Locarno Film Festival, taking place in the picturesque Swiss lake-side town August 4 - 14. The festival is divided into a half-dozen sections, including its gala group in the Piazza Grande, the Internati...

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