The Locarno Film Festival has announced its first two competish titles.
They are the world preeming “Sette opere di misericordia,” by Italo twin helmers Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, and “Goodbye First Love,” by Gaul’s Mia Hansen-Love, making its international bow at the Swiss fest dedicated to young helmers and cutting-edge cinema.
“Sette opere di misericordia,” which takes its title from a Caravaggio painting, is a drama set amid Italy’s illegal immigrants. It’s the feature debut for the De Serio brothers, known as video artists and documakers, whose “Bakroman” recently took the top docu nod in Turin.
“Goodbye First Love,” chronicling a love affair starting in adolescence, is Hansen-Love’s third feature. Her previous work, “Father of My Children,” won a Special Jury Prize in the 2010 Cannes Un Certain Regard.
The 64th Locarno, the second under artistic topper Olivier Pere, will run Aug. 3-13.