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The 75th Locarno Film Festival Opens Tonight

Credits: Era Kan

Tonight the brightest spotlights will be directed towards the Piazza Grande in Locarno where the biggest audience will applause to the start of the 75th Locarno Film Festival. During August 3-13 the Festival has many surprises in store.

After two editions marked by the pandemic, this year, the event will return to being in all respects what it has always been: an appointment open to all types of audiences, to which access is unrestricted, with hundreds of film premieres presented, and many opportunities to meet and rediscover the pleasure of sharing the seventh art. Of course, the greatest attention will be on the International Competition, which will feature 17 films shown primarily as world premieres, coming from all over the globe and competing for the prestigious Pardo d’oro.

In addition to the International Competition, the Festival also has a special Concorso Cineasti del presente, which offers a selection of first and second feature films, mostly world premieres, directed by emerging global talents. It’s the place devoted to the discovery of tomorrow’s cinema, which deserves to be supported beyond all genre distinctions, as well as the section of the Pardi di domani, which showcases short and medium length films as world or international premieres.

But the most awaited event of the Festival for the most of us is the evening screenings at the Piazza Grande with its giant screen - one of the biggest in Europe and 8,000 viewers a night. The programming on the Piazza Grande offers prestigious screenings, most of them world, international or European premieres, introduced by the director and the cast. And tonight, on the opening night of the Festival, the cinema lovers will enjoy the most wanted premiere of the year - David Leitch's Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt.



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