Cinema: in Locarno, the leopard roars again

Until August 14, the 74e edition of the Swiss Film Festival welcomes a cinema that is both popular and cutting-edge.

Special Envoy in Locarno (Switzerland)

“Cinema is back.” The Locarno Film Festival has chosen a clear and proactive slogan. The Covid will not have had the skin of the seventh art, or the leopard, emblem of the Swiss meeting which is the same age as the Cannes Film Festival. The fight is not over and the pandemic hangs over this 74e edition, subject to the rules which are now ordinary festive gatherings. Health pass, limited capacity in theaters, online ticket reservation… A nightmare for technophobes, a dream for moviegoers. Because, despite these constraints, Locarno is back. Canceled in 2020, the festival finds its soul, that is to say its audience.

“I belong to a generation for which cinema is not just films, but a world in its own right, a community, explains Giona A. Nazzaro, Italian artistic director of the festival, for the first time at the helm. Locarno is both popular and sharp, at the same time aimed at the public and

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