Throughout its 75 years, the Locarno Film Festival has built a reputation in Europe as an audience driven, international film festival that consistently showcases the future of filmmaking and auteur cinema. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro, in his second year at the position, for the celebration of this year’s 75th Anniversary edition of the festival the program welcomes a return to a physical event, with public screenings taking place on the Piazza Grande. This year, Locarno presents 17 films, including 10 world premieres, set to be screened at the heart of Locarno, in the vast open-air arena of the the Piazza Grande, boasting one of the largest screens in the world and welcoming an audience of up to 8,000 on every night of the Festival which takes place from August 3rd through August 13th.
“The Festival is presenting a broad, diversified and inclusive program, with a competition featuring long-established names in world cinema, alongside noted newcomers and some completely new names. As it marks its 75th anniversary, and true to its vocation of freedom, the Festival offers a place to discover and debate film in all its forms. With a gaze always looking firmly to the future.”
This year’s Locarno festival lineup includes the World Premiere of David Lietch’s Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt, John Swab’s horror thriller Candy Land, Jean Paul Civeyrac’s Une Femme de Notre Temps starring Sophie Marceau, and Leon Prudovsky’s My Neighbor Adolf.
Industry Networking at Locarno Pro 2022
Locarno Pro, is set to be destination for networking within the film industry. Taking place from August 4th – August 10th, Locarno Pro is the Summer event for industry professionals to meet new partners, discover new talents pitc projects in development amongst access to a wide range of market activities for emerging film professionals, including industry networking lunches, and Industry/Works in Progress screenings.
Other notable events include the launch of the Locarno Green Project, aimed at raising awareness of green practices through films and their stories. The Postcards from the Future highlighting eleven high-profile Swiss and international filmmakers short films and lastly in collaboration with Swiss Post, the Festival is launching Swiss Crypto Stamp 2.0, a special series of crypto stamps linked to short film sequences made by some of Switzerland’s most intriguing emerging directors.
Leopard Club Award Set to go to Daisy Edgar-Jones
Daisy Edgar-Jones has quickly become the starlet of the independent film scene. Raising to fame with her role in the miniseries Normal People she also stared in Sundance Film Festival premier of Fresh and Where the Crawdads Sing, which is scheduled to screen in Piazza Grande on the evening when she receives the prize for the Leopard Club Award at the 75th Locarno Film Festival.
“Daisy Edgar-Jones is one of the most promising actresses working today. Her talent was honed on the stage but has made a perfect transition to film and TV, capturing the attention of younger audiences and gently taking hold of their many articulations of image and imagination. She is a talent with many surprises in store, and the Locarno Film Festival sees her as an actress sounding out the future.”