From the 5th to the 15th of August the Locarno Film Festival returns for its 68th edition. The prestigious festival will show films from all over the world, starting with the world premiere of Riki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme with Meryl Streep and Kevin Klein. The opening day will be dedicated to American actor Edward Norton who will be in attendance to recieve the Excellence Award for his work in cinema, after a showing of his cult film Fight Club.
Apart from the movie stars, the most striking element of the festival is as always the enormous screen in Piazza Grande, 26 metres wide and 14 metres tall, which will be the main stage and hearth for the family of cinema gathering for this special event.
18 feature films from all over the world are competing in the festival, among which Happy Hour by the Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Entertainment by the American Rick Alverson, Cosmos directed by Polish Andrzej Zulawski and Bella e perduta by the Italian Pietro Marcello.
Other than the Excellence Award, the festival will hand over two Pardo d'Onore for the carrier; one to American director statunitense Michael Cimino with a showing of his celebrated film celebrato Deerhunter and one to Italian director Marco Bellocchio. The Leopard Club Award, instituted in 2013 as a tribute to someone who has left a mark on the public imagination, is dedicated this year to American actor Andy Garcia.
The price of the ticket varies from CHF 15.- to see a film at the theatre during the day, CHF 22.- to see a film in Piazza Grande to CHF 47.- for the "Day Pass" which allows access to all the showings in one day. then there is the Festival Season Ticket at CHF 300.- that allows access to all the showings during the whole festival, with discounts for students and persons over 65. With the ticket "Friends of the festival" (CHF 450.-) you will not only have access to all the showings but to the reserved seating area in the Piazza Grande, the official festival catalogue and an invitation to the closing ceremony.