Hollywood pics join Locarno party

60th anniversary event kicks off Aug. 1

LONDON — Genre crowd-pleasers from Hollywood jostle with a wide spread of world preems and first-time features from international helmers in the 60th anni lineup of the Locarno Film Festival (Aug. 1-11), announced Wednesday at a press conference in Bern, Switzerland.

Pics from Universal (“The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Knocked Up”), Dimension/the Weinstein Co. (“Planet Terror,” “1408”), Fox Searchlight (“Waitress”) and New Line (“Hairspray”) will unspool in the Swiss-Italian lakeside town’s Piazza Grande, Europe’s biggest open-air venue, which seats up to 7,000.

“We’ve always shown big titles, like ‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ last year,” said artistic director Frederic Maire. “But it’s true this year’s Piazza selection is a happy one to celebrate our anniversary.”

Fest kicks off with the world preem of Shochiku production “Vexille,” a futuristic CGI anime about illegal robotics research that opens in Japan in mid-August. Pic will be digitally projected on new equipment installed in partnership with digital specialist XDC, part of a state-of-the-art refit of the Piazza’s equip-ment.

Closer is French-U.S. production “Winners and Losers,” Polish-born Lech Kowalski’s a docu about the 2006 World Cup final from the spectators’ p.o.v.

Maire, in his second year as program topper, said he and his team were much more “confident in our selection this year, in knowing what films we wanted to defend, in knowing where we were going.”

Anthony Hopkins and co-star Christian Slater are expected to attend the international preem of the Hopkins-helmed comedy “Slipstream,” which plays in competition.

Fest’s retro sections include a 19-pic tribute to actresses in Italian cinema, from 1941 to the present, dubbed “Signore & Signore,” and the 60th anni “Back in Locarno,” with almost 20 directors hosting screenings of their first films that bowed at the fest. Guest list includes Mike Leigh, Istvan Szabo, Claude Chabrol, Alain Tanner, Marco Bellocchio, Catherine Breillat and Raul Ruiz.

This year’s Variety master class at Locarno will be delivered by French thesp Michel Piccoli.Go to Variety.com/locarno for a complete list of titles.


“The Rebirth,” Japan, Masahiro Kobayashi
“Boys of Tomorrow,” S. Korea, Noh Dong-seok
“Captain Achab,” France-Sweden, Philippe Ramos
“Contre toute esperance,” Canada, Bernard Emond
“Extraordinary Rendition,” U.K., Jim Threapleton
“Freigesprochen,” Austria-Luxembourg, Peter Payer
“Sooner or Later,” Germany, Ulrike von Ribbeck
“Fuori dalle corde,” Switzerland-Italy, Fulvio Bernasconi
“Haiti cherie,” Italy, Claudio Del Punta
“Joshua,” U.S., George Ratliff
“Ladrones,” Spain, Jaime Marques
“Las Vidas posibles,” Argentina-Germany, Sandra Gugliotta
“Lo mejor de mi,” Spain, Roser Aguilar
“La Maison jaune,” France-Algeria, Hakkar Amor
“Memories,” S. Korea, Eugene Green, Pedro Costa, Harun Farocki
“O capacete dourado,” Portugal, Jorge Cramez
“Restul e tacere,” Romania, Nae Caranfil
“Slipstream,” U.S., Anthony Hopkins
“Sous les toits de Paris,” France, Hiner Saleem

“The Bourne Ultimatum,” U.S., Paul Greengrass
“Death at a Funeral,” U.S.-Netherlands-Germany-U.K., Frank Oz
“The Drummer,” Hong Kong-Taiwan-Germany, Kenneth Bi
“Hairspray,” U.S., Adam Shankman
“1 journee,” Switzerland-France, Jacob Berger
“My Brother Is an Only Child,” Italy-France, Daniele Luchetti
“Vexille,” Japan, Fumihiko Sori
“Flight of the Red Balloon,” France, Hou Hsiao-hsien
“Waitress,” U.S. Adrienne Shelly
“Winners and Losers,” France-U.S., Lech Kowalski
“Chicago 10,” U.S., Brett Morgen
“Knocked Up,” U.S., Judd Apatow
“Nothing but Ghosts,” Germany, Martin Gypkens
“Planet Terror,” U.S., Robert Rodriguez
“Vogliamo Anche le Rose,” Italy, Alina Marazzi
“1408,” U.S., Mikael Hafstrom

“Those Three,” Iran, Naghi Nemati
“Comme a Ostende,” Belgium, Delphine Lehericey
“Estrellas,” Argentina, Federico Leon, Marcos Martinez
“Guillaume et les sortileges,” France, Pierre Leon
“Imatra,” Italy, Corso Salani
“Japan Japan,” Israel, Lior Shamriz
“Juizo,” Brazil, Maria Augusta Ramos
“Lo Bueno de Llorar,” Spain, Matias Bize
“Loren Cass,” U.S., Chris Fuller
“Never Sleeps,” France, Philippe Flechaire, Benoit Falize, Jeremy Boury
“Shadows Formless,” India, Ashish Avikuntha
“Nos vies privees,” Canada, Denis Cote
“Nuage,” France, Sebastien Betbeder
“Nu te supara, dar…,” Romania, Adina Pintilie
“Phantom Love,” U.S., Nina Menkes
“Tagliare le parti in grigio,” Italy, Vittorio Rifranti
“Milky Way,” Hungary, Benedek Fliegauf
“Tussenstand,” Netherlands, Mijke de Jong
“Mid-Afternoon Barks,” China, Zhang Yuedong

“Beautiful Losers,” U.S., Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard
“La Capture,” Canada-France, Carole Laure
“Crime and Punishment,” China-France, Zhao Liang
“La Danse de l’enchanteresse,” France, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Brigitte Chataignier
“Dutti der Riese,” Switzerland, Martin Witz
“Handerson e as horas,” Brazil, Kiko Goifman
“Io non sono un moderato,” Italy, Andrea Nobile
“Kadin,” Philippines, Adolfo B. Alix Jr.
“Little Moth,” China, Tao Peng
“Il pianto della statua,” Italy, Elisabetta Sgarbi
“I promessi sposi,” Italy, Massimo d’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
“Morceaux de conversations avec Jean-Luc Godard,” France, Alain Fleischer
“Preussisch Gangstar,” Germany, Irma-Kinga Stelmach, Bartosz Werner
“Shake the Devil Off,” Switzerland, Peter Entell
“UPA! Una pelicula Argentina,” Argentina, Tamae Garateguy, Santiago Giralt, Camila Toker
“Wierszalin,” U.S.-Poland, Francesco Carrozzini

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