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Locarno:  THE GUEST and BIRDS OF PASSAGE in "Piazza Grande", A LAND IMAGINED and 3 Alumni in Competition

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Locarno: THE GUEST and BIRDS OF PASSAGE in "Piazza Grande", A LAND IMAGINED and 3 Alumni in Competition

July 11, 2018

Massive TFL presence at Locarno Festival 2018!

We are thrilled to announce that L’OSPITE (THE GUEST), the second feature film by Italian director Duccio Chiarini, will have its world premiere on the Festival’s iconic Piazza Grande on the next 9th of August. The presentation of the film – developed at TorinoFilmLab and granted a TFL Production Award in 2016 –, as well as the screening of TFL Audience Design Fund-supported BIRDS OF PASSAGE by Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra (Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2018), on the giant screen of the 8.000-viewers Renaissance square marks an exciting first time for TFL.

Produced by Mood Film (Italy) and co-produced by Cinédokké (Switzerland) and House on Fire (France), THE GUEST explores the theme of relationship complexities through the narrow lens of male fragility, bearing similarities to Chiarini’s Venice Biennale College – Cinema-supported feature debut SHORT SKIN.
An unexpected accident sends Guido’s relationship with girlfriend Chiara into disarray. He is forced to pack a bag and leave their flat. Unable to be alone, he asks his parents and friends to put him up and so navigates the perilous waters of moving from one couch to the next, playing the unusual role of witness to their everyday lives and their various romantic entanglements.

At the same time we are delighted to unveil the first of the TFL Audience Design Fund 2018 awarded projects: A LAND IMAGINED, second feature by Singaporean director Yeo Siew Hua, which will be part of Locarno’s prestigious main Competition. The film, to be supported with € 40.000 and provided with Audience Design consultations by TFL experts, is a co-production between Akanga Film Asia (Singapore), Films de Force Majeure (France) and Volya Films (Netherlands).

The International Competition of the 71st Locarno Festival will also feature two new works by TFL Alumni: SIBEL by French-Turkish duo Guillaume Giovanetti & Çağla Zencirci (world sales are handled by Pyramide International), and WINTERMÄRCHEN by Jan Bonny (Germany); while TEGNAP by Hungarian helmer Bálint Kenyeres and SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS by Virgil Vernier (France) are set to compete in the Filmmakers of the Present section.

Last but not least, Bulgarian director Andrey Paounov will showcase WALKING ON WATER Out of Competition!