Pere selects 40 world preems; half by rookies

The 63rd Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a leaner lineup, packed with 40 world preems of which half are first-time features, in its first year under new artistic topper Olivier Pere.

Gallic auteur Benoit Jacquot’s period drama “Au fond des bois” will open the 11-day Swiss fest Aug. 4, unspooling in the 7,000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande.

Pere, a former head of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, told Daily Variety his goal is to “make Locarno the place of discovery and a launch pad for young filmmakers and new directors.”

However, his lineup also includes established names on the fest circuit.

Among these are German director Pia Marais, who brings “At Ellen’s Age,” starring Jeanne Balibar as a flight attendant whose life takes an unexpected turn; Hungarian helmer Benedek Fliegauf unveils sci-fier “Womb,” starring Eva Green; and Canadian director Denis Cote bows relationship drama “Curling.”

British movie “Monsters,” by Gareth Edwards, will unspool on the Piazza Grande, making it eligible for Variety’s Piazza Grande Award, presented to a pic preeming at Europe’s biggest open-air venue that combines artistic merit and commercial appeal.

Spearheading the U.S. contingent, as previously announced, is the European preem of Fox Searchlight’s “Cyrus,” which will unspool at the Piazza Grande.

2010 LOCARNO LINEUP
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

“Bas Fonds,” Isild Le Besco, France
“White White World,” Oleg Novkovic Serbia, Sweden/Germany
“Beyond The Steppes,” Vanja d’Alcantara, Belgium/Poland
“Cold Weather,” Aaaron Katz, U.S.
“Curling,” Denis Cote, Canada
“Winter Vacation,” Li Hongqi, China
“Man at Bath,” Christophe Honore, France
“At Ellen’s Age,” Pia Marais, Germany
“Karamay,” Xu Xin, China
“La Petite Chambre,” Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond, Switzerland
“L.A. Zombie,” Bruce LaBruce, Germany/U.S./France
“Luz Nas Trevas – A Volta Do Bandido Da Luz Vermelha,” Helena Ignez and Icaro C. Martins, Brazil
“Morgen,” Marian Crisan, Romania
“Periferic,” Bogdan George Apetri, Romania/Austria
“Pietro,” Daniele Gaglianone, Italy
“Sac,” Tayfun Pirselim, Turkey/Greece
“Songs of Love and Hate,” Katalina Godros, Switzerland
“Womb,” Benedek Fliegauf, Germany/ Hungary/France

OUT OF COMPETITION
“C’etait Hier,” Jacqueline Veuve, Switzerland
“Get Out of the Car,” Thom Andersen, U.S.
“Hell Roaring Creek,” Lucien Castaing-Taylor U.S.
“Io Sono Tony Scott. La Storia Del Piu Grande Clarinettista Del Jazz,”
Franco Maresco, Italy
“Les Champs Brulants,” Catherine Libert and Stefano Canapa, France
“Medemoiselle Else,” Isabelle Prim, France
“The Indian Boundary Line,” Thomas Comerford, U.S.
“Low Cost,” Lionel Baier, Switzerland

FILMMAKERS OF THE PRESENT COMPETITION
“Aardvark,” Kitao Sakurai, U.S.
“The Belly of the Whale,” Ana Lungu and Ana Szel, Romania
“Foreign Parts,” Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki, U.S./France
“Songs of Tomorrow,” Jonas Holmstrom and Jonas Bergergard, Sweden
“Ivory Tower,” Adam Traynor, Canada/France
“Jo Pour Jonathan,” Maxime Giroux, Canada
“La Lisiere,” Geraldine Bajard, France/Germany
“The Life Sublime,” Daniel V. Villamediana, Spain
“Mandoo,” Ebrahim Saeidi, Iraq
“Memory Lane,” Mikhael Hers, France
“Intolerance Now,” Takahiro Yamauchi, Japan
“Norberto’s Deadline,” Daniel Hendler, Uruguay/Argentina
“Paraboles,” Emmanuelle Demoris, France
“Prud’Hommes,” Stephane Goel, Switzerland
“Pulsar,” Alex Stockman, Belgium
“September 12,” Ozlem Sulak, Germany/Turkey
“The Fourth Portrait,” Chung Mong-Hong, Taiwan
“Tilva Ros,” Nikola Leraic, Serbia
“You Are Here,” Daniel Cockburn, Canada

PIAZZA GRANDE
“Au Fond Des Bois,” Benoit Jacquot, France/Germany
“Cyrus,” Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, U.S.
“The Silence,” Baran bo Odar, Germany
“The Ugly Duckling,” Garri Bardine, Russia
“Hugo Koblet — Pedaleur De Charme,” Daniel von Aarburg, Switzerland
“Invisibleboy,” Philippe Parreno, France
“King’s Road,” Valdis Oskarsdottir, Iceland
“The Counsel,” Cedric Anger, France
“Monsters,” Gareth Edwards, U.K.
“Rammbock,” Marvin Kren, Germany
“Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale,” Jalmari Helander
“Rubber,” Quentin Dupieux, France
“Little Paradise,” Paul Riniker, Switzerland
“The Light Thief,” Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan/Germany/France/Netherlands
“The Mission Of the Human Resources Manager,” Eran Riklis, Israel
“To Be or Not to Be,” Ernst Lubitsch, U.S.
“Uomini Contro,” Francesco Rosi, Italy

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