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05 Aug 10
Locarno Film Festival starts

Yesterday, in the open-air space of Piazza Grande, the audience of the 63rd Locarno International Film Festival watched the festival opening film - Deep in the Woods (Au fond des bois) by the French director Benoît Jacquot.

The role of art director of this year's festival (August 4th-14th, 2010) is, for the first time, performed by Olivier Père, who has previously carried out a similar function in the Directors' Fortnight section in Cannes. Based on his vision, the festival in Locarno will mainly focus around the search for freshness, and new, young talent in European cinema; the debutants will be the favourites.

The Leopard of Honour, the lifetime achievement award, will go to Alain Tanner, a Swiss film director; this is a subtle allusion to youthful vitality in cinema - in 1969 his feature film Charles, Dead or Alive won the Golden Leopard in Locarno. Another director to receive this award will be a representative of the 6th Chinese film generation, relatively young for the prize, and well-known to the ENH audineces - Jia Zhang-ke. He will show two films at the festival: Platform (2000) and his latest documentary shown as part of this year's Un certain regard section of the Cannes festival, entitled I Wish I Knew (2010), dealing with the complicated life stories of the inhabitants of Shanghai, a city that develops at a hectic pace.

280 films will be screened in Locarno in 11 sections. There will be two main competitions: the international Concorso internazionale and Concorso Cineasti del presente, focused mainly on the present days. There will be a retrospective of Ernst Lubitsch, as well as films to honour the 20th anniversary of the Pardi di domani (Leopards of Tommorow) section. This year the Open Doors section will centre round central Asian cinema. Filmakers awarded with various prizes, including Chiara Mastroianni, Jia Zhang-ke, Alain Tanner, Menahem Golan and Francesco Rosi, will show their films in special screenings. A small retrospective in Locarno will be devoted to the French artist Philippe Parreno, whom we know from the festival in Cieszyn.

The jury of the international competition will be chaired by Eric Khoo, a director from Singapore. His debut film Mee Pok Man (1995) won awards at such Asian festivals as Fukuoka, Pusan and in Singapore. His second film, 12 Storeys (1997), was the first Singaporean film to be invited to show at the Cannes Film Festival. The next one, Be With Me (2004), opened the Directors' Fortnight section in Cannes in 2005. Eric Khoo also produced 15 (2003) by Royston Tan. Polish audiences will have a chance to see a review of his films at the coming 4th Five Flavours Film Festival.

Lisandro Alonso, Argentinian, will also be at Locarno to chair the jury of the Pardi di domani competition.

Joanna Łapińska, ENH representative at the festival, will give us an account of her discoveries.

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