17 films that reinvent contemporary cinema in the Locarno International Competition

Khaled Mahmoud

Posted on: Friday 22 July 2022 – 19:09 | Last update: Friday 22 July 2022 – 19:09

Gianna Nazzaro, artistic director of the festival: The 75th edition celebrates freedom in film

Iraqi director Abbas Fadel asks: Can art save us?

Officials of the Locarno International Film Festival hope that its 75th session, which will be held from August 3 to 13, will be an exceptional and prominent session that will inspire change through its official program, which includes the international competition, and its sub-competitions such as “Filmmakers of the Present” and “Pazza Grande” shows, which welcome up to 8000 spectators every night of the festival and the selection is dedicated to the discovery of tomorrow’s cinema, children’s shows and a Swiss panorama.

Gianna Nazzaro, artistic director of the festival, said: “There is a broad, diverse and inclusive programme, with a competition featuring big names in world cinema, together with talented new directors. , with an insight into the future and contemporary cinema. Nazareau described the film festival as “a vibrant arena of ideas, creatively looking to the future”.

“We are starting a new chapter in the history of the Locarno Film Festival, an event that has always been mindful of the pressing issues of the day,” said Raphael Brunsweg, Director General of the Locarno Film Festival. “Sustainability is a basic need on which contemporary society must focus its efforts. At this moment, we must rethink our approach and find new tools to face the challenges of the future. A cultural event like Locarno can generate, enhance and spread a new perspective by stimulating films and filmmakers that tell new stories capable of raising awareness.”
The international competition of the Locarno Festival includes the screening of 17 films, competing for the “Golden Panther” award, all of which are shown for the first time in the world, exploring new areas in the cinema.
It is the Indian film “Advertisement” directed by Mahesh Narayan and revolves around Harish and Reshmi, an immigrant couple from Kerala, who work in a medical glove factory near Delhi. During the lockdowns due to COVID-19, despair and hostility increase, they confront their own needs and desires as they are torn between a life of conscience and compromise.
The director of the film said that human relations have certain factors that constantly work to maintain the power dynamics in their current state. Where does it limit? A person between what is forgiven and what is not forgiven?
And the movie (Fish Sermon) from Azerbaijan and Mexico
In it, David returns from the war to find that everyone in his village has succumbed to a strange disease and his only surviving sister is decomposing and slowly rotting. Disturbed by his memories as a soldier, David faces the only real question: Is survival the same as living?
“I was very tired and went into the forest and sat under an acorn tree,” said director Hilal Baydrov. I dreamed and dreamed and then decided to make a movie like a dream and started the War Tales trilogy. I wish I hadn’t.”
And the Franco-Belgian film (Saturn Bowling), directed by Patricia Mazot, who said:
“My film is a city at night, an underground bowling alley, an area undergoing renovation. Lonely men and little space for women, leaving a legacy of brutality. How do you describe the violence?
The Swiss film “At Night Cats Are Brown” directed by the promising young director Valentin Merz, and the Italian film “The Adventures of Gigi the Law” directed by Alessandro Comodin.
About Gigi, a traffic officer in the countryside where absolutely nothing happens. But one day a little girl threw herself under a train. This is not the first time. Faced with this inexplicable wave of suicides, Gigi begins to explore a strange world, between reality and fantasy, where a garden turns into a jungle and where a smiling policeman keeps his heart open to love.
Competing from Lebanon and Iraq is the film “Tales of the Purple House”, in which the French-Iraqi director Abbas Fadel and his Lebanese wife, artist Nour Blouq, explore a multifaceted country that seems to be on the edge of an abyss. Guided by their vision, each tries through his art to understand the beauty and hardships of a generous country struggling to feed its children.
And the director said: Can art save us? This is the question we try to answer, with a firm belief in the power of images like Noah’s ark visible in times of the flood.
And the Belgian-Costa Rican film “I Have Electric Dreams” by the young Costa Rican director Valentina Morell. In the film, Eva cannot bear the fact that her mother wants to renovate the house and get rid of the cat, who has been confused ever since. not. the divorce, urinating everywhere. Eva wants to live with her father, who is as confused as a cat and has a second teenager. But like someone crossing an ocean of adults without knowing how to swim, Eva must face the anger gnawing at her father. And now it goes through too.
The Malaysian film Stone Turtle, directed by Meng Jin, is an allegorical journey of a woman seeking justice, both personal and social, in the midst of systematic oppression.
And the French film “Stella in Love” directed by Sylvie Fairhead, about the difficult world of Stella.
The Belgian-Russian film “Fairy Tale” directed by Alexander Sokurov
The Austrian film “Serveam – I Will Serve” directed by Ruth Mader
and the Brazilian film (Rule 34), which focuses on Simone, a young law student who finds a passion for defending women in abuse cases. However, her sexual interests lead her into a world of violence and excitement.
The film’s director, Julia Mourad, said:
What motivates me most these days are the debates about sex, race and decolonization as set by the black movement in Brazil, to illustrate the oppressive regime in which we are all stuck.
The German film “Piafe” directed by Ann Oring
There is a Portuguese movie (Tommy’s Guns)
It takes place in 1974, as the Portuguese and their descendants fled Angola as nationalist groups gradually regained their lands. A tribal girl discovers love and death when a Portuguese soldier crosses her path. Next, a Portuguese group is trapped inside a wall from which they will have to escape once the past emerges from the grave to demand long-awaited justice.
Director Carlos Conceição said the film is a meditation on history, war and fear, and a portrait of the metaphysics of tyranny. It is meant to be a reflection on the cyclical nature of the outbreak and how it remains a threat to evolution.
The Australian film This Misplaced Matter, directed by Nicholas Gerhalter, is a film about waste in remote areas and people trying to clean it up.
From Italy, the movie “Il Batavio” directed by Francesco Lage.
An unexpected group of soldiers and courtiers led by Marconte Berloch and his new bride Bernarda have taken over a distant fief. But their castle is a crumbling mess and their villages are not ready to rule. Abominable lusts and holy wishes, dirty guards and poor villains, in a wonderful medieval tale of freedom, hunger, sex and power.

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