Swiss indie pic fest runs Aug. 1-11

ROME — Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul will preside the main jury of the 65th Locarno Film Festival.

Weerasethakul, winner of the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or with “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” is also known for pluriprized eclectic works “Syndromes and a Century” and “Tropical Malady,” among his five features, and also for his multimedia installations.

“Apichatpong has invented a mutating cinema which turns our habits as spectators upside down, and brings us into unexplored territories close to the sublime,” said Locarno artistic director Olivier Pere, who added that, with just a few films, Weerasethakul has managed to “become one of the biggest world cinema revelations of the past two decades.”

Locarno, which is located in Switzerland and dedicated to cutting-edge indie fare, will run Aug. 1-11.

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