Georgian Films at the 71st Locarno International Film Festival
Georgian Films at the 71st Locarno International Film Festival
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1945 is an important date for the European cinema, as two international festivals were established this year in the period of several weeks only. One in Czech Republic in Mariánské Lázně, later moved to Karlovy Vary and the other in Cannes, France. On August 23rd of the same year, "O Sole Mio" by Giacomo Gentilomo opened another cinema event - Locarno International Film Festival at the Grand Hotel of Locarno, Switzerland. In 1971, the world's largest screen was set at The Piazza Grande which changed the festival style forever. The Piazza Grande, now called "The House of Films" seats 8,000 spectators during each screening.

The 71st Locarno International Film Festival is held from 1-11 August. Screenings held in 10 halls offer films presented in 12 sections. The films in 3 competition programs will be awarded with 25 different prizes.

Meg Ryan, Ethan Hawke, Sean Baker, Jean Dujardin, Paolo Taviani and other famous cinema representatives will be among the guests of the festival this year. "Good Morning Babylon" (1987) by Paolo and Vittorio Tavianis will be screened. The retrospective of the American filmmaker Leo McCarey will also be held, which will screen the films made in the 40s: "Going My Way", "The Awful Truth" "Make Way for Tomorrow" etc. The spectators at Piazza Grande will see the latest films of Spike Lee, Ethan Hawke and David Fincher.

"The so-called American cradle of democracy, that's bullshit. The United States of America was built on the genocide of native people and slavery. That is the fabric of the United States of America. As my Brooklyn brother, Jay-Z would say, facts. I don't care about the critics. This movie is not just for America, it's about the whole world. It's a wake-up call." - said Spike Lee in one of the interviews. To infiltrates, the Ku Klux Klan is not an easy task, especially when you're a black man. But Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado has no fear. With his Jewesh co-worker he begins to fight. The true story of the 70s is described in Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" - a Cannes Grand Prix winner.

Locarno has opened the way for the directors as Atom Egoyan, Béla Tarr, Mike Leigh, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Abbas Kiarostami, Gus Van Sant, Fatih Akin and Milos Forman. Georgian filmmaker's Davit Pirtskhalava's 18-minute drama "Eraser" will be shown in one of the competition programs "Pardi di Domani", presenting 29 short films. The film describes a tragedy. A man steals a wooden fence from a tall residential building. A neighbor's child falls down from the fence and dies. A man finds an eraser which fell from the pocket of a deceased child. He tries to confess his guilt to the deceased child's father.

It is to remember that Pirtskhalavas film "Father" took part in the same program in 2015 which won a Golden Leopard.

Mariam Khatchvani also participates in Locarno Festival with her new project Nene and short film "Dinola" which will be screened in a noncompetition program. Another Georgian director - Giorgi Varsimashvili - will visit the festival to take part in Doc Summer School with his documentary film project.




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