Being Seventy and not show them at all! Locarno Festival celebrates its seventies candles feeling younger. Elitist as it is, Locarno Festival is undisputedly one of the most privileged, refined, unconventional, eclectic film event in the rich landscape of the major international film festivals. And tremendously rich with its 12 film sections: Piazza Grande, with its world, international and Swiss premieres; Concorso internazionale dedicated to fiction and documentary feature films;Concorso Cineasti del presente first and second feature fiction and documentaries; Signs of Life, a section dedicated to innovative film language; Pardi di domani, exclusively for short films; Fuori concorso non-competitive section of shorts and feature films; Histoire(s) du cinéma, Open Doors Screenings, non-competitive section dedicated to South Asian films; Semaine de la critique, an independent section of documentaries; Panorama Suisse dedicated to Swiss films; Locarno Kids hosting morning screenings for younger audience.
OPEN DOORS SCREENINGS
MOOR by Jami – The story of Wahid, a poor train station in a small town in Balochistan province. After his wife’s death, Wahid must come to terms with the closure of the trian station and the connected wide corruption involving also his brother.
A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENSS by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – The story of a Pakistani girl who runs away with her boyfriend becoming the target of her father and uncle’ s revenge. Saba gets them to be arrested but soon she is opposed by her community pressured her to forgive them.
A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SUBCONTINENT by Sabiha Sumar – After the Partition in 1947, Pakistan and India took two different paths: Pakistan went the Islamic way, India chose secularism. Both countries, however, remain divided by their own religious fundamentalism. Two women, Pakistani director Sabiha Sumar and French-Indian actress Kalki Koechlin, set off on a journey through both countries in search of signs of possible peace.
IN SEARCH OF by Daniel Asadi Faezi – A short film on reasons and consequences of progressive disappeearing of the Pashtun culture along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
NOTHINGWOOD by Sonia Kronlund – A biopic on Salim Shaheen, the Afghani eccentric film director, sets to film his 111th Z-grade film in a country that has been at war for over 30 years.
A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT by Roya Sadat – Soraya is walking to her death while the president is still reading her letter. When reading it out can he eventually oppose to her execution? A series of shorts set in Afghanistan: Amir and Sara, Jalal Hussaini’s short. A couple runs a normal life up tp the moment when Amir is forced to open his eyes… Only to find out that everyone around him live with theirs closed.
IN CIRCLE by Masooma Ibrahimi – A poor girl wants to change her life starting with her bag!
FINDING ZALMAY – A postman is seto to deliver all letters, even the undeliverable ones. He starts his desperate search of Zalmay, a police officer.
HOME by Zainab Entezar – A single woman searches for a home to rent in Kabul, but no one is willing to help her in her quest for shelter and safety.
PARDI DI DOMANI
A SONG FROM THE FUTURE by Tommaso Donati – A Somali migrant illegally moving between Italy and Swiss hears a popular song awaking his wish to return to his country.
SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE
BLOOD AMBER by Lee Yong Chao – A forest in Myanmar is rich in amber and under control of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The hard life of people working days and nights searching the precious ore trying to get out of poverty and KIA militia.
LE VÉNÉRABLE by Barbet Schroeder – The highly respected and influential Buddhist monk Wirathu…. peeing into the everyday Islamophobia in a country inspired to a religious, peaceful, tolerant and non-violent way of life.
THE CONGO TRIBUNAL by Milo Rau – The war in Congo ha caused more than six million deaths. The country has major deposits of raw materials used by high-tech industry and that is for many people the main cause of the never-ending conflict.
BURNING BIRDS by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara – 1989 in Sri Lanka civil war ravages. Kusul’story, a women left alone with eight children to feed. An unmasked denounce of the harsh reality of women living in war contexts.
SILENT TEARS by Ilango Ramanathan – Un padre e sua figlia ceca nascosti in un bunker durante gli ultimi fuochi della guerra civile in Sri Lanka.
THE POETESS by Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff – Hissa Hilal, a housewife from Saudi Arabia turns into an internationally successeful poetess with the participation in the famous contest Million’s Poet in Abu Dhabi. Poetry as a weapon against terrorism and the ideologies of fanatic islamists.
OUT OF COMPETITION
FILLES DU FEU by Stéphane Breton – The film is a portrait of the world famous Kurdish women fighters from Syria in their dayly lives chased by the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, the Islamic State, the Turkish army.
THE REAGAN SHOW by Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez – The story of the 40th President of the United States. Based on videotapes and TV news of the 1980s the documentary revolves on rivalry between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbaciov, the former’s media and public relations skills to overcome Soviet mistrust and press skepiticism.
GRANMA by Gianni Amelio, Daniele Gaglianone and Alfie Nzeun – A rap for migrants, a short film to inform them about the deadly dangers of crossing the Mediterranean illegally through the story of Jonathan, a young boy from Nigeria with a passion for music. His cousin, Momo, who left for Europe, is dead. Jothan sets off for a long journey to tell the sad news to his family.