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Competition: Strong German presence at the 77th Locarno Film Festival

Competition: Strong German presence at the 77th Locarno Film Festival
Competition: Strong German presence at the 77th Locarno Film Festival

The film festival on Lake Maggiore is one of the most important in Europe. In August, many German filmmakers will present their works in Locarno – and hope to win a prize.

At this year’s Locarno Film Festival in August, five German films or films made with German involvement will compete for the Golden Leopard. 17 films from all over the world will compete in the international competition for the main prize, the festival announced.

The 77th International Film Festival will take place from August 7th to 17th in the famous Swiss holiday resort on Lake Maggiore. German filmmakers will be represented in various sections in domestic, international and co-productions.

225 short films, feature films and documentaries

For example, Maren Eggert and Luise Heyer can be seen in “The Sparrow in the Chimney” by Swiss director Ramon Zürcher and Helena Zengel in “Transamazonia” by German director Pia Marais. Munich-born directing star Christoph Hochhäusler, most recently successful with the thriller “Bis ans Ende der Nacht”, which won an award at the 2023 Berlinale, presents the gangster drama “Death Will Come”.

In total, the most important European film festival alongside Cannes, Berlin and Venice will show 225 short, feature and documentary films over the eleven days. Maja Hoffmann is acting as president of the film festival for the first time. The businesswoman, who has so far been known primarily as a patron of the arts, described her vision for 2024 at the program presentation in Zurich as: “A home for transformative thinking”. In other words: She sees the festival as a school for democratic, progressive world views.

Source: Stern

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