From more than 120 applications, six finalists were selected by editors at Indiewire and Film Comment for this year's program at the Swiss festival taking place in August.
Spearheaded by Indiewire and the Film Society in partnership with Film Comment, Critics Academy is a workshop for aspiring film critics that takes place during the Locarno Film Festival. August 6-16.
Mikkel Nørgaard's The Keeper of Lost Causes, which world premiered at the Locarno Film Festival last month, follows in the tradition of Scandinavian crime dramas that have exploded onto the international scene following the popularity of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Adriana Floridia participated in the 2013 Locarno Film Critics Academy. In this article from the recent festival, she explores sexuality among people living with disabilities in two films that screened at the event, Gabrielle and The Special Need.
Public and domestic space inform the storytelling in Joanna Hogg's Exhibition and Claire Simon's Gare du Nord, both of which premiered at the recent Locarno Film Festival.
Locarno celebrated late Portuguese filmmaker Paulo Rocha's prolific career with screenings of his latest film, If I Were a Thief... I'd Steal, and his debut, The Green Years, which won Best First Feature at the fest 50 years ago.
In this dispatch from the festival, Locarno Critics Academy member Ingrid Raison takes a look at Korean director Hong Sang-soo's Our Sunhi and its universal comic elements, comparing the film to French filmmaker/actor Jacques Tati's work.