Locarno Lineup Spotlights American and World Cinema

Posted by Brian Brooks on 7.22.2013


A scene from Baltasar Kormákur's Two Guns

The Locarno Film Festival recently unveiled its full lineup of competition films and galas for the event taking place next month. The international premiere of Baltasar Kormákur's Two Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg will open the 66th edition of the festival in its open air Piazza Grande, one of 16 films that will screen at the festival's lakeside 8,000-seat open air cinema. The film revolves around a DEA agent and undercover Naval Intelligence officer who are investigating one another, but find out they have been set up by the mob. The film will usher the festival's lineup, programmed under the leadership of the festival's new Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian.

This year's program includes the 20-film international competition, of which 18 are world premieres. The festival will also present films spotlighting contemporary cinema, shorts and more. As previously announced, the festival will present a retrospective of George Cukor in conjunction with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. That program will then head to New York in December.

Highlights from the International Competition include the World Premiere of Daniel and Diego Vega's El Mudo, Spanish director Albert Serra's Story of My Death, Swiss/French production Mary, Queen of Scots by Thomas Imbach, Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest Real, and the International Premiere of Destin Cretton's Short Term 12, which won the jury prize at the SXSW Film Festival in March. Pascal Plisson's On the Way to School (Sur le chemin de l'école) will close out the festival, which takes place August 7 - 17 in Switzerland. The festival typically screens titles that later appear at fall film festivals in North America.

"I think of Locarno as a frontier festival," Chatrian wrote in an introduction of the lineup. "A festival that tries to explore what’s going on at the limits of the fi lm spectrum, on the edges of the frame, to pick up the things that are just off camera but which somehow define the scene. Today the significance of the notion of being avant-garde has perhaps worn a little thin: it’s no longer about being the first to reach a particular spot, it’s more a question of the desire and ability to give space and visibility to neglected or insufficiently regarded films, filmmakers and film industries.

Film Society will be in attendance to co-host, alongside Indiewire, the Critics Academy for the second time this year, mentoring nine aspiring film critics attending Locarno.

Locarno's Competition, Piazza Grande Galas and emerging filmmakers sections follow with information provided by the festival.

Concorso Internazionale - a panorama of contemporary auteur cinema where young talent rubs shoulders with that of established directors. A jury of major figures in cinema is charged with choosing one of the 20 competing fiction or documentary features from all over the world, screened as world or international premieres, to win the prestigious Pardo d'oro.

E AGORA? LEMBRA-ME (What Now? Remind Me) by Joaquim Pinto 
Portugal – 2013 – 164 min. 
with Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel 
Production: C.r.i.m. 
Co-production: Presente edições de autor lda. 
World Sales: C.r.i.m. 

World Premiere

EDUCAÇÃO SENTIMENTAL (Sentimental Education) by Júlio Bressane 
Brazil – 2013 – 84 min. 
with Josie Antello, Bernardo Marinho, Débora Olivieri 

Production: República Pureza Filmes Ltda, TB Producões 
World Sales: Ludwig Maia ArtHouse 

World Premiere

EL MUDO by Daniel and Diego Vega 
Peru/France/Mexico – 2013 – 86 min. 
with Fernando Bacilio, Lidia Rodríguez, Juan Luis Maldonado, Augussto Varillas, José Luis Gómez, Norka Ramírez, Ernesto Ráez 

Production: Maretazo Cine 
Co-production: Urban Factory, Nodream Cinema 
World Sales: UDI - Urban Distribution International 

World Premiere

EXHIBITION by Joanna Hogg 
United Kingdom – 2013 – 105 min. 
with Viv Albertine, Liam Gillick, Tom Hiddleston 

Production: Wild Horses Film Company Limited 

World Premiere

FEUCHTGEBIETE by David Wnendt 
Germany – 2013 – 109 min. 
with Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Marlen Kruse, Peri Baumeister, Edgar Selge, Harry Baer 

Production: Rommel Film 
Co-production: ZDF 
World Sales: The Match Factory 
Swiss distributor: Filmcoopi Zürich 

World Premiere

GARE DU NORD by Claire Simon 
France/Canada – 2013 – 119 min. 
with Nicole Garcia, Reda Kateb, François Damiens, Monia Chokri

Production: Les Films d'Ici 
Co-production: France 3 cinema, Productions thalie 
World Sales: Les Films d'Ici 

World Premiere

HISTORIA DE LA MEVA MORT (Story of My Death) by Albert Serra 
Spain/France – 2013 – 140 min. 
with Vincenc Altaio Morral, Lluis Massanellas Serrat, Clara Visa, Noelia Rodenas, Jordi Pau Costa

Production: Andergraun Films 
Co-production: Capricci Films 
World Sales: Capricci Films 

World Premiere

L’ÉTRANGE COULEUR DES LARMES DE TON CORPS (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears) by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani 
Belgium/France/Luxembourg – 2013 – 102 min. 
with Klaus Tange, Jean-Michel Vovk, Sylvia Camarda, Sam Louwyck, Anna D’annunzio, Manon Beuchot 

Production: Anonymes Films, Tobina Film 
Co-production: Epidemic, Mollywood, Red lion 
World Sales: Bac Films 

World Premiere

MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS by Thomas Imbach 
Switzerland/France – 2013 – 120 min. 
with Camille Rutherford, Mehdi Dehbi, Aneurin Barnard, Sean Biggerstaff, Edward Hogg, Tony Curran 

Production: OKOFILM Productions 
Co-production: SRF, SRG SSR, ARTE G.E.I.E. 
Swiss distributor: Pathé Suisse 

World Premiere

PAYS BARBARE by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi 
France – 2013 – 65 min. 
Documentary 

Production: Les Films d’Ici 

World Premiere

REAL by Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
Japan – 2013 – 127 min. 
with Takeru Satoh, Haruka Ayase 

Production: Twins Japan inc. 
World Sales: TBS - Tokyo Broadcasting System Television 

International Premiere

SANGUE by Pippo Delbono 
Italy/Switzerland – 2013 – 89 min. 
with Pippo Delbono, Margherita Delbono, Giovanni Senzani, Anna Fenzi, Bobò, Coro e orchestra del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli 

Production: Compagnia Pippo Delbono, Casa Azul Films 
Co-production: Cinémathèque suisse, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Vivo Films with Rai Cinema 

World Premiere

SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Cretton 
United States – 2013 – 96 min. 
with Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield, Kevin Hernandez 
Production: Animal Kingdom, Traction Media 
World Sales: Memento Films International

International Premiere

SHU JIA ZUO YE (A Time in Quchi) by Tso chi Chang 
Taiwan – 2013 – 109 min. 
with Liang-Yu Yang, Yun-Loong Kuan, Ya-Ruo Lin, Yung-Heng Yen, Shaoyi Jiang, Han-Yi Yao, Chi-Han Chen 

Production: Chang tso chi film studio 

World Premiere

TABLEAU NOIR (Black Board) by Yves Yersin 
Switzerland – 2013 – 117 min. 
Documentary 

Production: Ateliers Merlin Sàrl 
Co-production: Télévision Suisse SSR - TSR 
Swiss distributor: Filmcoopi Zürich 

World Premiere

TOMOGUI (Backwater) by Shinji Aoyama 
Japan – 2013 – 102 min. 
with Masaki Suda, Misaki Kinoshita, Yukiko Shinora, Ken Mitsuishi, Yuko Tanaka 
Production: Stylejam Inc. 
World Sales: Rezo Films 

World Premiere

TONNERRE by Guillaume Brac 
France – 2013 – 106 min. 
with Vincent Macaigne, Solène Rigot, Bernard Menez 

Production: Rectangle Productions 
Co-production: Wild Bunch, France 3 Cinema 
World Sales: Wild Bunch 
First Feature
World Premiere


U RI SUNHI (Our Sunhi) by Sangsoo Hong 
South Korea – 2013 – 88 min. 
with Yumi JUNG, Sunkyun LEE, Sangjoong KIM, Jaeyoung JUNG 

Production: Jeonwonsa Film Co. 
World Sales: Finecut Co., Ltd. 

World Premiere

UNE AUTRE VIE by Emmanuel Mouret 
France – 2013 – 95 min. 
with Joey Starr, Virginie Ledoyen, Jasmine Trinca 

Production: Moby Dick Films 
World Sales: Kinology 

World Premiere

WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM (Când se lasă seara peste Bucureşti sau metabolism) by Corneliu Porumboiu 
Romania – 2013 – 93 min. 
with Bogdan Dumitrache, Diana Avramut, Mihaela Sirbu, Alexandru Papadopol 

Production: 42 KM FILM 
Co-production: Les Films du Worso 
World Sales: Wild Bunch 

World Premiere

Piazza Grande - is the heart of the Festival and its showcase. With its giant screen, one of the biggest in Europe, endowed with truly exceptional projection quality, the Piazza Grande is one of the finest open-air venues in the world. An enormous space that can seat an audience of up to 8,000 and makes every screening a unique event. The programming on the Piazza Grande offers prestigious screenings, most of them world, international or European premieres.

2 GUNS by Baltasar Kormákur 
United States – 2013 – 109 min. 
with Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos 
Production: Marc Platt, Randall Emmett, Norton Herrick, Adam Siegel, George Furla, Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby, 
Co-production: Universal Pictures, Emmett/Furla Film 
World Sales: Foresight 
Swiss distributor: The Walt Disney Company (Switzerland) GmbH

International Premiere - Opening Film


VIJAY AND I by Sam Garbarski 
Belgium/Luxembourg/Germany – 2013 – 96 min. 
with Moritz Bleibtreu, Patricia Arquette, Danny Pudi 
Production: Entre Chien et Loup, Samsa Film 

Co-production: Pandora Film, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Bruxellimage, RTBF (Belgian television) 
World Sales: The Match Factory 
Swiss distributor: Xenix Film 

World Premiere


LA VARIABILE UMANA (The Human Factor) by Bruno Oliviero 
Italy – 2013 – 83 min. 
with Silvio Orlando, Giuseppe Battiston, Sandra Ceccarelli, Alice Raffaelli 

Production: Lumière & Co Srl, Invisibile Film, Rai Cinema 
World Sales: Intramovies

World Premiere

WRONG COPS by Quentin Dupieux 
France/United States – 2012 – 94 min. 
with Mark Burnham, Marilyn Manson, Grace Zabriskie

Production: Realitism Films 
Co-production: Rubber Films, CTB Film Company 
World Sales: Le Pacte 
Swiss distributor: Praesens Film AG 

World Premiere

WE’RE THE MILLERS by Rawson Marshall Thurber 
United States – 2013 – 111 min. 
with Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, Ed Helms 
Presentation: New Line Cinema 
Production: New Line Cinema, Newman/Tooley Films, Slap Happy
Productions, Heyday Films, Bender-Spink 
World Sales: Warner Bros. Pictures
Swiss distributor: Warner Bros. (Transatlantic) Inc., Schweiz

International Premiere


THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES · JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN (Kvinden i buret) by Mikkel Nørgaard 
Denmark/Germany/Sweden – 2013 – 97 min. 
with Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Søren Pilmark, Troels Lyby 

Production: Zentropa Entertainments 20 ApS 
Co-production: Zentropa Entertainments Berlin GmbH, Zentropa International Sweden AB 
World Sales: TrustNordisk 
Swiss distributor: Frenetic Films AG 

World Premiere


LES GRANDES ONDES (À L’OUEST) (Longwave) by Lionel Baier 
Switzerland/France/Portugal – 2013 – 85 min. 
with Valérie Donzelli, Michel Vuillermoz, Patrick Lapp, Francisco Belard, Jean-Stéphane Bron 

Production: Rita Productions, Les Films Pelléas, Bande à part Films 
Co-production: Filmes do Tejo II, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse 
World Sales: Films Boutique 
Swiss distributor: Pathé Suisse 

World Premiere


RICH AND FAMOUS by George Cukor 
United States – 1981 – 117 min. 
with Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen, David Selby, Hart Bochner, Steven Hill 

Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
Retrospettiva George Cukor


GABRIELLE by Louise Archambault 
Canada – 2013 – 102 min. 
with Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Vincent-Guillaume Otis, Robert Charlebois 

Production: Micro_Scope 
World Sales: eOne Films International 
Swiss distributor: Agora Films

World Premiere


L’EXPÉRIENCE BLOCHER by Jean-Stéphane Bron 
Switzerland/France – 2013 – 100 min. 
Documentary 

Production: Bande à part Films, Les Films Pelléas 
Co-production: Radio Télévision Suisse,  SSR SRG 
World Sales: Les Films du Losange 
Swiss distributor: Frenetic Films AG 
World Premiere


GLORIA by Sebastián Lelio 
Chile – 2012 – 110 min. 
with Paulina García, Sergio Hernández 
Production: Fabula 
World Sales: Funny Balloons 
Swiss distributor: Filmcoopi Zürich AG

MR. MORGAN’S LAST LOVE by Sandra Nettelbeck 
Germany/Belgium – 2013 – 116 min. 
with Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy, Justin Kirk, Jane Alexander, Gillian Anderson 
Production: Bavaria Pictures GmbH, Kaminski.Stiehm.Film GmbH, Senator Film Köln 
Co-production: Scope Pictures, MMLL GmbH & Co. KH, Eberhard Müller Filmproduktion, A-Films Belgium 
World Sales: Global Screen GmbH 
Swiss distributor: Praesens-Film AG


BLUE RUIN by Jeremy Saulnier 
United States – 2013 – 92 min. 
with Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb 
Production: Filmscience

World Sales: Memento Films International 
Swiss distributor: Praesens-Film AG


ABOUT TIME by Richard Curtis 
United Kingdom – 2013 – 123 min. 
with Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander 

Production: Working Title Films 
World Sales: Universal Pictures International 
Swiss distributor: Universal Pictures International Switzerland

FITZCARRALDO by Werner Herzog 
Germany/Peru – 1982 – 157 min. 
with Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez, Paul Hittscher 
Production: Werner Herzog Filmproduktion 
Co-production: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) 
World Sales: Werner Herzog Film 
Pardo d’onore Swisscom to Werner Herzog


SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ÉCOLE (On The Way to School) by Pascal Plisson 
France – 2013 – 77 min. 
Documentary 
Production: Winds 
Co-production: Herodiade, Ymagis 
World Sales: Wild Bunch 
Swiss distributor: Praesens Film AG

International Premiere - Closing Film

Concorso Cineasti del present - is dedicated to emerging directors from all over the world and devoted to first and second features. 16 feature films screening as world or international premieres, from documentary to fiction, compete for the Pardo d'oro Cineasti del presente.

BUQƏLƏMUN (Chameleon) by Elvin Adigozel and Ru Hasanov 
Azerbaijan/France/Russia – 2013 – 72 min. 
with Farid Bahramov, Emin Seyfulla, Elvin Adigozel, Mubariz Khalilov, Vali Ibadov 

Production: Adari films 
Co-production: Arizona Productions, Vita aktiva 
World Sales: Arizona Productions 
First Feature
World Premiere


COSTA DA MORTE (Coast of Death) by Lois Patiño 
Spain – 2013 – 80 min. 
Documentary 

Production: Zeitun films 
First Feature
World Premiere

FORTY YEARS FROM YESTERDAY by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck 
United States – 2013 – 80 min. 
with Chelsea Word, Bruce Graham, Rebekah Mott, Elizabeth Overton, Matthew Valdez 

Production: Four thirty-three pictures, Paper Moon Films 
First Feature
International Premiere

L'HARMONIE (Harmony) by Blaise Harrison 
France/Switzerland – 2013 – 60 min.

Production: Les Films du Poisson 
Co-production: Bande à part Films 
World Sales: Doc&Film 
First Feature
World Premiere

LE SENS DE L'HUMOUR (Sense of Humor) by Marilyne Canto 
France – 2013 – 89 min. 
with Marilyne Canto, Antoine Chappey, Samson Dajczman 

Production: Christmas in July 
World Sales: Films Distribution 
First Feature
World Premiere



LOS INSÓLITOS PECES GATO (The Amazing Cat Fish) by Claudia Sainte-Luce 
Mexico – 2013 – 87 min. 
with Ximena Ayala, Lisa Owen, Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillén, Andrea Baeza 

Production: Canibal Networks 
World Sales: Pyramide International
Swiss distributor: Cineworx
First Feature
World Premiere


MANAKAMANA by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez 
Nepal – 2013 – 117 min. 
Documentary 
Production: Sensory Ethnography Laboratory 
First Feature - World Premiere

MOUTON by Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone 
France – 2012 – 100 min. 
with David Merabet, Michael Mormentyn, Cindy Dumont, Benjamin Cordier, Emmanuel Legrand 
Production: BOULE DE SUIF production 
First Feature
World Premiere

ROXANNE by Valentin Hotea 
Romania/Hungary – 2013 – 97 min. 
with Șerban Pavlu, Diana Dumbravă, Mihai Călin, Adrian Văncică, Valeria Seciu 

Production: Hi Film Productions 
Co-production: Abis Studio, Cor Leonis Ltd. 
World Sales: Films Boutique 

First Feature - World Premiere


SAI NAM TID SHOER (By the River) by Nontawat Numbenchapol 
Thailand – 2013 – 71 min. 

Production: Mobile lab project co.ltd, Ok-pi-dern co.ltd 

World Premiere

THE DIRTIES by Matt Johnson 
Canada/United States – 2013 – 83 min. 
with Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison, David Matheson 

Production: 7800002 canada inc. 
Co-production: Xyz films 

First Feature - International Premiere


THE SPECIAL NEED by Carlo Zoratti 
Germany/Italy – 2013 – 82 min. 
Documentary

Production: DETAiLFILM 
Co-production: Videomante

First Feature - World Premiere


THE STONE by Se-rae CHO 
South Korea – 2013 – 113 min. 
with Dong-in CHO, Roi-ha KIM, Won-sang PARK 

Production: SHINE PICTURES 
World Sales: FINECUT CO., LTD 

First Feature - World Premiere

THE UGLY ONE by Eric Baudelaire 
France/Lebanon/Japan – 2013 – 101 min. 
with Rabih Mroué, Juliette Navis, Manal Khader 

Production: Poulet-Malassis 

World Premiere

THE UNITY OF ALL THINGS 物之合 by Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt
United States – 2013 – 97 min. 
with Jennifer Kim, Szeming Celia Au, Andrea Chen, Teresa Hui, Haruka Hashimoto 

Production: Alex Carver and Daniel Schmidt

First Feature - World Premiere

YUAN FANG (Distant) by Zhengfan Yang
China – 2013 – 88 min. 
with Shaokai Chen, Tuzhen Chen, Jiayan He, Yuanhao Luo, Cheng Chen 

Production: Burn the Film Production House 

First Feature - World Premiere

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