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Locarno International Film Festival

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    Brie Larson Wins Best Actress at Locarno Film Festival Awards for 'Short Term 12'

    The 66th Locarno International Film Festival has announced its annual awards, or Palmares. The Pardo d'Oro went to Albert Serra's "La Historia de la Meva Mort." Best Actress went to Brie Larson for "Short Term 12," which also won a special mention, while Balthasar Kormakur picked up the Variety Piaz...

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    Locarno Film Festival: Conversation with Sir Christopher Lee

    The opening night of the Festival on August 7 dramatically began under a lightening-filled sky in the Piazza Grande, where Sir Christopher Lee received the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon. Film stills of Sir Christopher’s roles were projected on the buildings surrounding the Piazza. Accep...

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    Locarno Film Festival: Interview with Manakamana filmmakers Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez

    One of the films garnering a great deal of buzz at the Locarno International Film Festival is the extraordinary feature documentary Manakamana directed by American filmmakers Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez.

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    Locarno Film Festival: A Conversation with Faye Dunaway

    A Conversation with Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard Club award winner Faye Dunaway was hosted by Festival director Carlo Chatrian

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    Locarno Film Festival: Conversation with Jacqueline Bisset

    British actress Jacqueline Bisset received the Locarno Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award Parmigiani in the Piazza Grande, which was followed by a screening of Rich and Famous.

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    Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinji Aoyama on Japanese Film and Why 'Oblivion' Should Be in the Art House

    When I was on my way to attend a round table conversation at the 66th Locarno Film Festival between two Japanese directors, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Real) and Shinji Aoyama (Tomogui/The Backwater), my intention was to hear the makers talk about their creations. I saw Aoyama's The Backwater on the 14th and ...

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    Werner Herzog Meets Abel Ferrara And Talks Shop In Switzerland: 'I have done things I have never done before'

    Werner Herzog is having a productive week in Switzerland. For the duration of the Locarno Film Festival, which concludes its 66th edition on Sunday, Herzog has been the subject of a career retrospective that includes an outdoor screening of his profound jungle epic “Fitzcarraldo” as well as his most...

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    Not Only the Young: 'Gloria' and 'Mr. Morgan's Last Love' Offer Different Takes on Late-Life Love Stories

    In recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of films that focus on romance for the middle age. Films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Something's Gotta Give, and It's Complicated serve as comedic offerings on the subject, often poking fun at elements concerning old age. As drama...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Home Movie Footage of Genocide Makes 'Pays Barbare' Essential Viewing`

    Redefining history in its own images, the remarkable hourlong found footage project "Pays Barbare" is less documentary than curated document. Longtime Italian avant garde directors Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi ("From the Pole to the Equator") assemble material from a private archive cov...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' Wanders Through a Comatose Mind

    Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Real" features an ironic title. Like "Inception" or "The Matrix," the movie actively questions whether anything it depicts actually takes place. Set in a near-future where a technology called "sensing" allows people to step into the minds of comatose individuals...

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