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    Cate Blanchett, Ken Loach, Riz Ahmed – The Hollywood Reporter

    The Locarno International Film Festival unveiled the full program for 2023 on Wednesday, with dozens of world premieres set to screen in the 76th edition of the Swiss festival.

    Locarno’s main Piazza Grande section will include several of this season’s festival favorites, among them Cannes Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of a Fall from French director Justine Triet starring Sandra Hüller; Ken Loach’s latest (and possibly last) feature, The Old Oak; Noora Niasari’s Sundance audience award winner Shayda, featuring Holy Spider star Zar Amir Ebrahimi; and Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman’s comedy Theater Camp, which won a special jury prize at Sundance. Other highlights include U.S. horror feature Falling Stars by directors Richard Karpala and Gabriel Bienczycki; Dammi from 71′ and White Boy Rick-helmer Yann Demange; and Magnetic Continent, the new nature documentary from March of the Penguins‘ filmmaker Luc Jacquet about the continent of Antarctica.

    In its Concorso internazionale section of films from emerging cinema nations, Lorcarno’s 2023 line-up will include sardonic Romanian drama Do Not Expect Too Much of the End of the World from Radu Jude (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn), the comedy Yannik from French avant-gardist Quentin Dupieux (Réalité, Smoking Causes Coughing), and Essential Truths of the Lake, the latest slice of edgy surrealism from Filipino art house star Lav Diaz (The Woman Who Left, Season of the Devil).

    Eight of the 15 films in Locarno’s Concorso Cineasti del presente sidebar, highlighting first and second features, are from female directors. Among them is the erotic comedy On the Go from Spanish directors María Gisèle Royo and Julia de Castro, Eléonore Saintagnan’s philosophical French drama Camping du Lac and Family Portrait from American filmmaker Lucy Kerr.

    Oscar-nominated British actor Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), will be honored this year with Locarno’s Excellence Award Davide Campari. Ahmed will receive the lifetime achievement honor on the festival’s opening night, August 2. The festival will also screen Bassam Tariq’s 2020 feature Mogul Mowgli, in which Ahmed stars and co-produces.

    Locarno’s artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro called the star of The Road to Guantanamo, Four Lions and Rouge One: A Star Wars Story “a brilliant and versatile talent in cinema today. Chameleon-like, he can move from blockbuster to auteur movies, equally at ease on stage or TV, rapping with a mic or intervening as executive producer… he is the embodiment of a kind of cinema that is becoming better, more receptive, finally able to listen to new voices. Riz Ahmed is the face of a future finally becoming possible.”

    The 2023 Locarno International Film Festival runs from August 2 to 12. The festival’s main feature competition lineup is below:

    Piazza Grande Program

    Anatomy of a Fall, director: Justine Triet
    Magnetic Continent, director: Luc Jacquet
    Guardians of the Formula, director: Dragan Bjelogrlić
    Dammi, director: Yann Mounir Demange
    Falling Stars, directors: Richard Karpala, Gabriel Bienczycki
    The Falling Star, directors: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel
    La Bella Estate, director: Laura Luchetti
    City of Women (1980), director: Federico Fellini
    La Paloma (1974) director: Daniel Schmid
    La Voie Royale, director: Frédéric Mermoud
    Smugglers, director: RYOO Seung-wan
    The Tragedy of Othello by W. Shakespeare, director: Edoardo Leo
    Première Affaire, director: Victoria Musiedlak
    Shayda, director: Noora Niasari
    The Old Oak, director: Ken Loach
    Theater Camp, directors: Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman

    Concorso Internazionale Program

    Animal, director: Sofia Exarchou
    Home, director: Leonor Teles
    El Auge del Humano 3, director: Eduardo Williams
    Essential Truths of the Lake, director: Lav Diaz
    The Permanent Picture, director: Laura Ferrés
    Lousy Carter, director: Bob Byington
    Manga D’Terra, director: Basil Da Cunha
    Critical Zone, director: Ali Ahmadzadeh
    The Invisible Fight, director: Rainer Sarnet
    Do Not Expect Too Much of the End of the World, director: Radu Jude
    Nuit Obscure – Au Revoir Ici, N’importe Où, director: Sylvain George
    Patagonia, director: Simone Bozzelli
    Rossosperanza, director: Annarita Zambrano
    Stepne, director: Maryna Vroda
    Sweet Dreams, director: Ena Sendijarević
    The Vanishing Soldier, director: Dani Rosenberg
    Yannick, director: Quentin Dupieux

    Concorso Cineasti Del Presente Program

    Camping du Lac, director: Eléonore Saintagnan
    Ein Schöner Ort, director: Katharina Huber
    Excursion, director: Una Gunjak
    Family Portrait, director: Lucy Kerr
    Dreaming & Dying, director: Nelson Yeo
    La Morsure, director: Romain de Saint-Blanquat
    Negu Hurbilak, director: Colectivo Negu
    On the Go, directors: María Gisèle Royo, Julia de Castro
    Rapture, director: Dominic Sangma
    Rivière, director: Hugues Hariche
    Todos los Incendios, director: Mauricio Calderón Rico
    Touched, director: Claudia Rorarius
    Und dass man ohne Täuschung zu leben vermag, director: Katharina Lüdin
    Whispers of Fire & Water, director: Lubdhak Chatterjee
    West Border, director: Yan Luo

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