Magazine article Screen International

Locarno's Chatrian Talks about Programme Plans and Cukor Retrospective

Magazine article Screen International

Locarno's Chatrian Talks about Programme Plans and Cukor Retrospective

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Locarno's new artistic director Carlo Chatrian to continue festival's "idea of cinema as a meeting place and act of discovery" as he unveils plans to dedicate the 2013 retrospective to George Cukor and announces a reshuffle of selection committee.

Locarno's new artistic director Carlo Chatrian has revealed that he wants to hold true to the festival's "idea of cinema as a meeting place and act of discovery" as he unveiled plans this week to dedicate the 2013 retrospective to George Cukor and announced a reshuffle of the selection committee.

In an interview, Chatrian, who was appointed as successor to Olivier Père, explained that, "in the last years, I believe that the festival found an effective formula to find its place on the festival circuit, but, mainly, to be able to express its own identity.""

"I hope to be able to carry on the idea of cinema as a meeting place and as an act of discovery," he continued, pointing out that he would also want to carry on Locarno's duty to highlight new cinematographies or to offer a reassessment of chapters of cinema history and their relevance for the present.

"I hope to bring movies that provoke discussion, that amazes the audience as I was when I crossed the lake for the first tine to see the Piazza Grande and the other screens." Chatrian noted.

Describing the Piazza Grande as "perhaps the most beautiful cinema in the world," he said that the open-air venue "is a challenge for any Locarno director" because of the need to put a programme together which would appeal to both the cineastes and the general audience.

The selection committee for the 66th edition - which will run from August 7-17 - will have Canadian film critic Mark Peranson appointed as Head of Programming, accompanied by three other critics, Italian Lorenzo Esposito, Paris-born Aurélie Godet and Germany-based Italian Sergio Fant. …

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