Magazine article Screen International

Locarno's President Describes Festival's International Profile as 'Still Too Weak and Vulnerable'

Magazine article Screen International

Locarno's President Describes Festival's International Profile as 'Still Too Weak and Vulnerable'

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Marco Solar said festival could "continue to rank among the greatest festivals in the world, improving the efficiency of its organisation."

Marco Solari, president of the Locarno Film Festival since 2000, described the event's current international profile as "still too weak and vulnerable" at a cocktail reception held before the world premiere screening of The Sweeney on the Piazza Grande.

Speaking to an audience including the Swiss Culture and Interior Minister Alain Berset and Locarno's Mayor Carla Speziali, Solari recalled that he had made a promise in 2000 when the festival was "suffering probably the greatest crisis in its history, [that it] would revive robust, respected and held in awe."

"Today, in 2012, we can take great satisfaction in confirming that this objective has been achieved. We owe this to all those who have believed in the festival, to its artistic directors and its organisational staff," he said

Looking forward to the festival's 75th anniversary in 2012, Solari suggested that Locarno would "continue to rank among the greatest festivals in the world, improving the efficiency of its organisation. But a bigger challenge will be to develop its international reputation, maintaining at the same time the rigour of its artistic choice, the freedom and autonomy of its artistic direction."

And addressing Minister Berset by name, he continued that the festival should be one "that gives a voice to those who would otherwise not be heard, that courageously denounces abuses of power and injustice, the first to highlight everything new that is happening in the world. …

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