Archives for August 2005

Locarno Film Festival – My Photo Gallery

Here are some photos from the Locarno Film Festival 2005 from the last four days and then my train trip back to Zurich. Some photos are of members of the ecumenical jury, the Quay Brothers and Ruben, a jury member from Switzerland, giving our SIGNIS-INterfilm award to the directors of LA NEUVAINE and FRATRICIDE. My memory card had to be replaced and I was not able to do so until almost the end of the festival. Hence, few photos. The shops in Locarno close for lunch and are closed on Sundays (!) … [Read more...]

Locarno Film Festival Ecumenical Prize and Award

Locarno Ecumenical Awards (from At the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), the Ecumenical Jury gave its Prize - which includes 20.000.- CHFr given by the Catholic Church and the Reformed church in Switzerland to assist distribution of the film in Switzerland - to "LA NEUVAINE" (Canada) directed by Bernard Émond.   "While many explicitly religious films fall short because of too earnest proselytising or alienating aspects of piety, "LA NEUVAINE" succeeds in presenting … [Read more...]

Nine Lives Locarno Film Festival 5

Nine Lives - winner of the Festival's Golden Leopard Award Directed and written by Rodrigo Garcia/ USA A mother cleans the floors of the Los Angeles County jail hoping for an early release and the warden is sympathetic. At all costs she wants to visit with her daughter, but the prison guards are mean and uncaring. A troubled young woman bearing a gun visits her younger sister with the intention of confronting their father for something he has done to her in the past. A divorced wife goes to the … [Read more...]

Locarno Films Part 4

A Perfect Day Directed by Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige/ France, Lebannon, Germany It is present day Beirut. One morning, a young man and his mother go to a lawyer's office to have his father declared legally dead so that they can move on with their lives. He has been missing for about fifteen years, since the civil war. The wife/mother wants her son to stay home with her and mourn the death of their loved one, but he wants to see his girlfriend who is avoiding him and he does not … [Read more...]

Locarno Films Part 3

La Neuvaine (The Novena) Directed by Bernard Emond, Canada, 2005   A middle-aged woman doctor lost a son when he was a child. She was unable to save him. When a young woman comes into the emergency room with her child, it is obvious the woman has been beaten up. The doctor encourages her to leave her husband, and gives the woman a card with her phone number on it. The young mother calls later and the doctor takes her and the baby to a shelter. The husband follows the doctor to the shelter a … [Read more...]

Locarno Films Part 2

MirrorMask, directed by Dave McKean, UK and USA, 2004(produced with Jim Henson Studios)   In Brighton, England, the daughter of parents who own a traveling circus, rebels about being part of it. When her mother gets sick and is hospitalized, her father must confront his growing financial difficulties and that the circus crew is about to leave him. The girl, about 16 years old, has a long dream initiated by guilt for not apologizing to her mother for her rudeness and rebellion. It,s about … [Read more...]

Locarno Films part 1

Here are reviews of the films that were included in the international competition. All independent juries, in addition to the international jury, must see all the films in competition. I saw 22 films, 17 of them in competition. Two of the films are from the Human Rights track of the festival, something Locarno started two years ago. It is the only major festival to feature such a track. I apologize for the punctuation but this is an Italian/Swiss keyboard   We are All Fine – Iran, direcrted … [Read more...]

Locarno International Film Festival

From the Locarno Film Festival   Hello to all from the 58th annual film Festival at Locarno, Switzerland. I arrived last Monday for the almost 2-week festival, the second oldest in the world (or so I am told; Venice is the oldest). I am a member of the ecumenical jury and I was told yesterday the first American to ever be part of the ecumenical jury at Locarno; there are three Catholics named from SIGNIS ( : Peter Malone, president of SIGNIS, Rueben an award-winning … [Read more...]