Locarno Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival

Throughout its over 70 year history, the Locarno Film Festival has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Every August, for eleven days the Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, right in the heart of Europe, becomes the world capital of auteur cinema. There, thousands of film fans and industry professionals meet to share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity.

In Locarno they find a quality program, rich, eclectic, surprising, and where emerging talent rubs shoulders with prestigious guests. The audience is the soul of the festival, as exemplified in the famous evenings on the Piazza Grande, whose magical setting can accommodate up to 8,000 filmgoers every night.

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Locarno Film Festival
  • The Last Family

    Despite his hardcore sexual fantasies and his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works, Zdzisław Beksiński (Andrzej Seweryn) is a gentle, family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia, neurotic son Tomasz, and the couple’s aging mothers. Never one to believe that life would...

  • Nargess

    Adel is a young miscreant who carries out audacious schemes with his aging ex-lover and partner in crime Afagh. When Adel meets the beautiful Nargess, he vows to go straight, but honest work does not come easily, leading him to return to Afagh and his criminal ways.

    The fourth feature from accla...

  • Our Times

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Loren King's AWFJ review: "Director Rakhshan Banietemad’s verite documentary starts out as a look at how Iran’s young people, especially girls that include the director’s daughter, organized in support of reformist candidate for p...

  • Menocchio the Heretic

    Italy, late 16th century. The Roman Catholic Church, feeling threatened in its hegemony by the Protestant reform movement, invokes the Inquisition to consolidate its total control. The new confessional, designed in these very years, is transformed from a space for the consolation of souls to a tr...

  • The Dreamed Path

    In the 1980s, foreign travelers Kenneth and Theres sing on the streets to make money while backpacking around Greece. The two are in love, but upon learning that Kenneth's mother had an accident in England, he hastily abandons Theres and returns home. Thirty years later in Berlin, Ariane, a 40-ye...

  • Amnesia

    Starring the legendary Bruno Ganz (UNKNOWN, WINGS OF DESIRE, DOWNFALL), alongside Golden Globe-nominee Marthe Keller (MARATHON MAN), AMNESIA is directed by Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Barbet Schroeder (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, BARFLY) and premiered at the Cannes Fi...

  • Antares

    Academy Award-winner Gotz Spielman (Revanche) weaves this provocative tale of three troubled couples whose lives are connected by a lattice of coincidence, love and lies. A married nurse has a wild affair with a strange doctor; a cashier tries devious means to keep her cheating boyfriend in chec...

  • Fraulein

    Ruza left Belgrade more than 25 years ago to seek a new life in Zurich. Now in her fifties, she has completely detached herself from the past. She owns a cafeteria and maintains an orderly, joyless existence. Mila, a waitress there, is a good-humored woman who also emigrated decades ago, but unli...

  • Genèse

    Three teenagers encounter the turmoils of love and youth in Philippe Lesage’s GENÈSE (GENESIS). While the charismatic Guillaume (Théodore Pellerin) wrestles with his sexual identity at boarding school, his older half sister Charlotte (Noée Abita) navigates an adult world filled with casual cruelt...

  • A Girl Missing

    Following his Cannes Jury Prize-winning drama HARMONIUM, director Koji Fukada returns with “another emotionally palpable tale of perception” (IONCINEMA). Ichiko (Mariko Tsutsui) is a private home nurse who has worked for the elderly matriarch of the Oisho family for years. Unexpectedly, her quiet...

  • Glory

    Tsanko Petrov, a railroad linesman, finds millions in cash on the train tracks. After turning all the money over to the police, the state celebrates his good deed with a televised press conference and a shiny new wristwatch that promptly stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of public re...

  • Marie's Story

    At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to...

  • Moka

    Overwhelmed with grief and desperate for answers, Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos) travels to Evian in search of the mocha-colored Mercedes that she believes killed her son in a hit-and-run accident. There, she tracks down Marlene (Nathalie Baye), a beauty salon proprietor and owner of the vehicle...

  • Schneider vs. Bax

    Alex van Warmerdam's Palme d'Or nominated BORGMAN turned him into a bonefied superstar on the indie film circuit and his deadpan comedy SCHNEIDER VS. BAX builds on his stellar reputation.
    Schneider, a hitman, gets a call from Mertens on the morning of his birthday. He has a last-minute assignmen...