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Frenetic Takes Le Pacte’s ‘To Life’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By John Hopewell

LOCARNO – Adding to run-up-to-Locarno Industry Days business, Zurich-based Frenetic Films, one of Switzerland’s best-known and most energetic art-house distributors, has acquired Swiss rights to the Le Pacte-sold femme friendship drama “A la...


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Multi-cultural Luc Besson Takes a Bow at Locarno

By John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

LOCARNO – For decades now, Luc Besson, a director who gave French cinema a huge shot of mainstream action-traction and grandfathered – though not old himself - a new generation of Gallic action directors, has been dubbed, and sometimes dismi...


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Locarno Prize Winner Nansun Shi Talks About Producing, Festivals, Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese Trends

By Patrick Frater

Top Hong Kong producer honoured with Raimondo Rezzonico award


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Q and A with Israel's Eran Riklis, Director Of "Dancing Arabs"

By Nick Vivarelli

Arab-Israeli issues are at the core of most works by Israeli director Eran Riklis (“The Syrian Bride,” "Lemon Tree," “Zaytoun”) whose new film “Dancing Arabs” is about a Palestinian/Israeli student who slowly learns to “pass” for a Jew. Base...


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Filmmaker Agnes Varda Remembers a Hipper L.A., With Fewer Suits

By Peter Debruge

It took until the age of 85, but director Agnes Varda, who will be honored at the Locarno Festival, is finally getting the recognition she deserves. The Belgian-born helmer unleashed a tiny tsunami several years before the French New Wave wi...


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‘Where Is She?’ ‘Hopefuls,’ ‘Lady of the Images’ Set for Locarno’s Carte Blanche

By John Hopewell

MADRID – Anna Muylaert’s “Where Is She?” Ives Rosenfeld’s “Hopefuls” and Roberto Berliner’s “Lady of the Images” will feature among seven Brazilian pix-in-post at the Locarno Festival’s 4th Carte Blanche. Running Aug. 9-11, organized by Loca...


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Locarno Film Festival's Open Doors Supports Sub-Saharan Africa Pics

By Nick Vivarelli

The Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors co-production returns to supporting Sub-Saharan Africa this year, focussing on English and Portuguese-speaking countries and completing the territories in the region which it did not cover when it cover...


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Film Republic Acquires ‘El Tiempo Nublado’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By John Hopewell

LOCARNO – On the near eve of Locarno, Xavier Henry-Rashid’s London-based Film Republic has acquired world sales rights to Arami Ullon’s “El tiempo nublado,” that features next Tuesday in this year’s Locarno Fest’s Panorama Suisse. Pascal Tra...


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Asylum,’ ‘X Quinientos,’ ‘Lacrimosa’ Bow at Locarno

By John Hopewell and Nick Vivarelli

LOCARNO -- In a first-time link up, “Asylum,” “X Quinientos” (pictured) and “Lacrimosa,” all projects pitched at mid-July’s Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM), will be presented by their two producers at the Locarno Festival’s Industry Days, wh...


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Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ Wow Bows In France

By John Hopewell

LOCARNO – Scarlett Johansson action fantasy “Lucy” has made the best first-day bow of any Luc Besson film ever in the director’s native France. Distribbed by Besson’s own EuropaCorp Distribution, “Lucy” nuked all opposition, taking a 43% mar...


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Europa Distribution Stages Locarno Workshop on TV Acquisition of Indie Pix

By Leo Barraclough

LONDON -- Europa Distribution, which reps more than 140 independent distributors from 28 countries in Europe and beyond, is to host a workshop at the Locarno Film Festival on TV rights deals. About 40 distributors will take part in the works...


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