Locarno Film Festival 2013 (7-17 August)

This year’s Locarno Film Festival gets under way on Wednesday with artistic director, Carlo Chatrian, at the helm for the first time.  A varied competition line-up, which boasts 18 world premieres, includes keenly awaited new features from Corneliu Porumboiu (‘When Evening Falls on Bucharest and Metabolism’), Sangsoo Hong (‘Our Sunhi’) and Joanna Hogg (‘Exhibition’).  The international premiere of Baltasar Kormákur’s ‘2 Guns’, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, will open the festival out of competition three days after claiming the top spot at the North America box office over the weekend.


World Premieres in the main competition


E Agora? Lembra-me (What Now? Remind Me)
Joaquim Pinto


Joaquim Pinto’s first film for ten years, ‘E Agora? Lembra-me’ (‘What Now? Remind Me’), is a personal portrayal of the filmmaker’s battle fighting HIV after being diagnosed with the virus over twenty years ago when his life expectancy was short.  Early indications suggest that it will be a modernist reflection on time, memory and shifting realities within the perimeters of the filmmaker’s very testing circumstances.  Pinto competed for the Golden Leopard with ‘Twin Flames’ in 1992.


Expectation – highly promising with the film’s potential to operate on multiple but connected levels.



El Mudo
Daniel and Diego Vega


Daniel and Diego Vega made an immediate impression with their debut feature, ‘October’, which picked up an Un Certain Regard jury prize at Cannes three years ago.  The Peruvian filmmaking duo now return with their keenly anticipated second feature, ‘El Mudo’, a dark comedy portraying a paranoid judge in fear for his life.  The siblings’ own company, Maretazo Cine, co-produced with France’s Urban Factory and Mexico’s No Dreams Cinema.


Expectation – it is likely to be a pretext for exploring frequent allegations surrounding the Peruvian justice system and corruption.



Joanna Hogg


Potentially, Joanna Hogg’s most experimental film so far, ‘Exhibition’, previously known as the ‘London Project’, deconstructs a couple’s psychological associations with a house that they plan to leave.  The Slits’ former guitarist, Viv Albertine, and conceptual artist, Liam Gillick, star alongside Hogg regular, Tom Hiddleston, who appeared in both of the filmmaker’s previous films, ‘Archipelago’ and ‘Unrelated’, the last of which picked up the FIPRESCI prize at the London Film Festival.


Expectation – intriguing casting, which sees YBA conceptual artist, Liam Gillick, give his first performance in a film exploring themes that would not be out of place in a gallery.



Feuchtgebiete (Wetlands)
David Wnendt


Carla Juri (‘Someone Like Me’) stars in David Wnendt’s big screen adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s controversial novel, ‘Wetlands’ (the more precise translation is ‘Moist Areas’), which, for a time, was the world’s No. 1 bestseller.  The wetlands/moist areas are either provocative references or lavatorial humour for female sexual organs – take your pick – and the heroine will recount her sex exploits from a hospital bed after an anal shaving mishap.


Expectation – sexual expression as a means to women’s freedom is old hat but the film will still have the curiosity factor.



Gare du Nord
Claire Simon


Experienced filmmaker, Claire Simon, has switched between documentary and fiction, and she employs both disciplines in her latest feature ‘Gare du Nord’.  Set in the French railway station that lends the film its title, Simon explores globalisation from different perspectives through the comings and goings of overseas travellers, French citizens and immigrants.


Expectation – setting the film in a transient network – or non-space – provides huge scope for Simon to make a telling contribution towards the topical globalisation sub-genre.



Historia de la Meva Mort (Story of My Death)
Albert Serra


Casanova meets Count Dracula in Albert Serra’s latest feature, ‘Story of My Death’, starring Vincenc Altaio Morral and Lluis Massanellas Serrat, for a surreal take on the emergence of a new Romantic spirit at the outset of the 19th century.  Serra is best known for ‘Honour of the Knights (Quixotic)’, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2006 Viennale.


Expectation – a potentially interesting exploration into cultural myths could equally prove self-indulgent unless Serra strikes the right balance.



L’Etrange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears)
Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani


Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani made an immediate impression with their debut feature, ‘Amer’, an imaginative revision of Italian giallo horror.  Their follow-up, ‘The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears’, is another dark tale, this time based on the vanishing woman theme.


Expectations – should be another smart deconstruction of genre conventions.



Mary, Queen Of Scots
Thomas Imbach


Thomas Imbach returns to the late Tudor period for another version of ‘Mary, Queen Of Scots’ with Camille Rutherford in the title role.  It is the first time that the Swiss filmmaker has competed for the Golden Leopard since his sci-fi drama ‘Happiness Is a Warm Gun’ twelve years ago.


Expectations – after Nikolaj Arcel’s ‘A Royal Affair’, perhaps we should not be too hasty writing off tiresome sounding historical dramas.



Pays Barbare
Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi


The latest film from veteran documentary filmmaking team, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, explores the parameters of fascism from an historical perspective.  It is a continuation of the pair’s long deconstruction of ideologies and their conflicts.


Expectations – Gianikian’s and Ricci Lucchi’s highly experimental approach towards filmmaking should breathe new life into a familiar subject.



Sangue (Blood)
Pippo Delbono


Far-left paramilitaries continue to attract European filmmakers long after their heyday.  Pippo Delbono is the latest to tread this path with ‘Blood’ (‘Sangue’), a contemporary drama where a former Red Brigade activist forms a dangerous friendship upon his prison release.  Best known as an actor, Delbono has recently appeared in ‘I Am Love’ (Luca Guadagnino) and ‘Me and You’ (Bernardo Bertolucci).


Expectations – it will be interesting to see whether Delbono can transcend the sub-genre with a contemporary twist.



A Time in Quchi (2013)
Chang Tso-Chi


Chang Tso-Chi’s new film, ‘A Time in Quchi’, features a young boy who discovers happiness through an unlikely source when his world appears to be falling apart.  It is the follow-up to the Taiwanese filmmaker’s ‘When Love Comes’ (‘Dang Ai Lai De Shi Hou’), which bagged the top prize at the Golden Horse Film Festival three years ago.


Expectations – could be an interesting mix of charm and harsh realism.



Tableau Noir (Black Board)
Yves Yersin


Yves Yersin’s potential feel good documentary, ‘Blackboard’, takes a look at a mountain school that develops education alongside happiness.  The veteran Swiss filmmaker made a Locarno appearance 34 years ago with his best known feature, ‘Les petites fugues’.


Expectations – unlikely to offer us anything new but you never know.



Tomogui (Backwater)
Shinji Aoyama


Shinji Aoyama returns to Locarno where he picked up a special jury prize for ‘Tôkyô kôen’ two years ago.  Masaki Suda, Misaki Kinoshita and Yûko Tanaka (‘The Milkwoman’, ‘Hibi’) star in his latest feature, ‘Backwater’, a dark tale where a father and son both inflict abusive sex on their partners.  Aoyama is best known for ‘Eureka’, which won a FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes.


Expectations – a potentially different spin on abusive relationships from festival favourite, Shinji Aoyama, who will always attract interest.



Guillaume Brac


After picking up a César nomination for his short(ish) ‘A World Without Women’, Guillaume Brac makes the move to features with ‘Tonnerre’.  A young woman, who is psychologically trapped in an earlier romance, dumbfounds a thirty something musician played by Vincent Macaigne.


Expectations – an early interest in Guillaume Brac’s debut feature has already translated into a pre-festival buzz.



U Ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi)
Sangsoo Hong


Jeong Yu-mi reunites with Sangsoo Hong after working together on ‘In Another Country’ and plays a 30 year old woman who has enigmatic encounters with three men from her past.  A key figure in the vibrant South Korean indie film sector, Hong is best known for ‘Hahaha’, which won the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes two years ago.


Expectations – Hong’s strong reputation on the festival circuit and beyond makes ‘Our Sunhi’ an early possible contender for the Golden Leopard.



Une Autre Vie (Another Life)
Emmanuel Mouret


Emmanuel Mouret returns to Locarno where his last feature, ‘The Art of Love’, premiered two years ago.  Joey Starr, who received a César best supporting actor nomination for his performance in Maïwenn’s ‘Polisse’, plays an electrician who wants to start a new life with a famous pianist but has the complication of an existing marriage.


Expectation – the complex relationship set-up has a familiar ring to it in a French sort of way.



Când se lasă seara peste Bucureşti sau metabolism (When Evening Falls on Bucharest and Metabolism)
Corneliu Porumboiu


A key player in the Romanian new wave, Corneliu Porumboiu won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for his debut feature ’12:08 East of Bucharest’ and picked up a jury prize and the FIPRESCI award at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard’s sidebar for his follow up, ‘Police, Adjective’.  He now returns with the evocatively titled ‘When Evening Falls on Bucharest and Metabolism’, where a director’s affair with a supporting actress takes an unexpected turn.motilium cheappurchase motiliummotilium buy ukdomperidone for sale online


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