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Locarno Unveils Diverse Lineup Mixing Known Directors And Discoveries

Jonathan Demme's 'Ricki and the Flash' will launch from the Swiss fest's 8,000-seat Piazza Grande

ROME — The Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a rich lineup for its 68th edition, comprising new works from U.S. director Jonathan Demme and other established international directors, including Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hong Sang-soo and Andrzej Zulawski, screening alongside potential discoveries within a mix of traditional narratives and more cutting edge cinema.

Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep as an aging rock star trying to reconnect with her family, will screen out-of-competition August 5 on the prominent Swiss fest’s open-air Piazza Grande ahead of its U.S. release August 7 via Sony’s TriStar Pictures. Hot pic is penned by Diablo Cody.

For the competition section Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian has secured fourteen world preems, including Greek auteur Athena Rachel Tsangari’s long awaited “Chevalier”; Gallic veteran Chantal Akerman’s docu “Not a Home Movie”; ace Italo filmmaker Pietro Marcello’s docu/feature “Bella e Perduta”; “Right Now, Wrong Then,” by South Korea’s celebrated Hong Sang-soo, sometimes dubbed “the Korean Woody Allen”; and “Cosmos” by Polish auteur Andrzej Zulawski, who is known for his creative anarchy.

Newcomers or lesser known names with breakout potential competing for a Golden Pard include Iranian drama “Paradise,” a first work by Sina Ataein produced by Jafar Panahi’s brother Yousef Panahi; Gallic multihyphenate Pascale Breton’s “Suite Armoricaine,” which follows her well-received debut “Illumination” more than a decade later; and Israeli director Avishai’s “Tikkun,” about the perturbations of an Orthodox Jew.

Two Sundance standouts, Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment,” about the odyssey of a washed-up American stand-up comic, and Josh Mond’s potent, if punishing, family drama “James White” are getting their European launches, in competition.

Sundance fave “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, is launching into Europe from the Piazza Grande with talent in tow.

Other titles slated to screen on the 8,000-seat Piazza Grande include Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw,” Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck,” Anurag Kashyap’s Bollywood gangster epic “Bombay Velvet,” and also less mainstream movies on historical themes such as Barbet Schroeder’s “Amnesia,” and German director Lars Kraume’s “Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer,” about the prosecutor who initiated the Auschwitz trials.

Piazza Grande titles will compete for the Pix du Public audience Award, and also for the Variety Piazza Grande Award given by Variety critics to the best fest title launching from Europe’s largest open-air venue, and combining artistic excellence and commercial potential.

“We worked hard on offering diversity this year,” said Chatrian, “both in terms of selecting established directors alongside the discoveries Locarno is known for, and also mixing traditional narratives with more experimental titles.”

The competition jury comprises U.S. photographer-director Jerry Schatzberg; German actor Udo Kier; Israeli director Nadav Lapid; and South Korean actress Moon so-Ri.

Guests expected to attended Locarno include Edward Norton, Andy Garcia, Walter Murch, and Marco Bellocchio, all being celebrated with career nods.

Fest dedicated to global indie cinema will run August 5-15.



“Ricki and the Flash,” Jonathan Demmme, U.S.
“La Belle Saison,” Catherine Corsini, France
“Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer,” Lars Kraume, Germany
“Southpaw,” by Antoine Fuqua, U.S.
“Trainwreck,” by Judd Apatow, U.S.
“Jack,” by Elisabeth Scharang, Austria
“Floride,” by Philippe Le Guay, France
“The Deer Hunter,” Michael Cimino, U.K., U.S.
“My Internship in Canada,” Philippe Falardeau, Canada
“Bombay Velvet,” Anurag Kashyap, India
“Amnesia,” Barbet Schroeder, Switzerland/France
“La Vanite,” Lionel Baier, Switzerland
“The Laundryman,” Chung Lee, Taiwan
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, U.S.
“Fists in the Pocket,” Marco Bellocchio, Italy
“Heliopolis,” Sergio Machado, Brazil


“Bella e Perduta,” Pietro Marcello, Italy
“Brother Dejan,” Bakur Bakuradze, Russia
“Chevalier,” Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece
“Cosmos,” Andrzej Zulkawski, France Portugal
“Entertainment,” Rick Alverson, U.S.
“Happy Hour,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan
“Heimatland,” Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Jan Gassmann, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Michael Krummenacher, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nolle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller, Switzerland
“James White,” Josh Mond, U.S.
“Right Now, Wrong Then,” Hong Sang Soo, South Corea
“Paradise,” Sina Ataeian, Iran/Germany
“No Home Movie,” Chantal Akerman, France
“O Futebol,” Sergio Oksman, Spain
“Schneider VS. Bax,” Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands
“Suite Armoricaine,” Pascal Breton, France
“Dark in the White Light,” Vimukthi Jayasundara, Sri Lanka
“Te Prometo Anarquia,” Julio Hernandez Cordon, Mexico
“The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes are Not Brothers,” Ben River, U.K.
“Tikkun,” Avishai Sivan, Israel

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