In August of every year, over 15,000 film fans from around the world gather in the small Swiss town of Locarno to enjoy the art of cinema at one of the oldest film festivals in the world, third to Venice and Cannes.
The 67th Locarno Film Festival will take place this year from 6-16 August. The top prize at Locarno is ‘The Golden Leopard’ which last year was given to ‘Story of My Death.’ Some of the other major prizes include the Special Jury Prize, Leopard for the Best Direction and Leopard for Best Actor/Actress.
The main aspect of the film festival is one of the biggest open-air movie screens in the world at the Piazza Grande with room for over 8,000 spectators. This year, 17 films will be screened including Shelter, a film about the homeless population in Lausanne, Cure: The Life of Another, about the end of the Balkan wars in Dubrovnik. French director Luc Besson’s film Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, which will open the festival on 6 August.
Director Agnès Varda known for her experimental style of cinema will be honoured at this year’s festival as well as French actress Juliette Binoche and German actor, Armin Mueller-Stahl. The festival is sure to be 10 days filled with superb cinema for enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.
Tickets cost CHF 15 for daytime screening and CHF 32 for evening screenings. For the full programme and list of films being screened please visit: www.pardolive.ch.