Locarno celebrates its ‘discoveries’

Bellocchio, Ruiz among guests

ROME — The Locarno Film Festival will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a “Back in Locarno” retro, which will see a host of helmers discovered by the Swiss fest return with their breakout works.

Established auteurs expected back include Marco Bellocchio with psychodrama “I pugni in tasca” (Fist in the Pocket), Istvan Szabo with “Age of Illusions,” Raul Ruiz with “Three Sad Tigers,” Marco Tullio Giordana with “Maledetti Vi Amero” and Catherine Breillat with “36 Filette” (Junior Size 36).

Each helmer will introduce their key early pic and engage in audience discussions after it unspools.

“Locarno has often been the first to pick up on, and recognize, the genius of young directors from all over the world — sometimes even as early as their first shorts,” boasted fest’s artistic director Frederic Maire in a statement.

Lakeside fest runs Aug. 1-11.

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