Locarno Film Festival 2023

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The Beautiful Summer The Beautiful Summer
The Beautiful Summer and Anatomy Of A Fall
Anatomy Of A Fall (Anatomie D'une Chute) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Justine Triet; Writer: Arthur Harari, Justine Triet; Stars: Sandra Hüller, Samuel Theis, Swann Arlaud, Jehnny Beth, Milo Machado Graner, Antoine Reinartz)
A woman is accused of her husband's murder.
Antarctica Calling (Voyage au pôle Sud) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Luc Jacquet; Writer: Luc Jacquet)
Documentary tribute to the South Pole.
The Beautiful Summer (La Bella Estate) (Country: Italy; Year: 2023; Director: Laura Luchetti; Writer: Laura Luchetti, based on the novel by Cesare Pavese; Stars: Yile Yara Vianello, Deva Cassel, Nicolas Maupas, Alessandro Piavani, Adrien Dewitte, Cosima Centurioni, Gabriele Graham Gasco, Anna Bellato, Andrea Bosca)
1938. A young woman yields to her first great love, celebrating the courage to be truly herself.
Chicken For Linda! (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Chiara Malta, Sebastien Laudenbach; Writer: Chiara Malta, Sebastien Laudenbach; Stars: Voiced by, Laetitia Dosch, Clotilde Hesme, Estéban)
When a mum makes a promise to her daughter after unfairly punishing her, she finds herself having to go the extra mile to make it come true.
City Of Women (La città delle donne) (Country: Italy, France; Year: 1980; Director: Federico Fellini; Writer: Bernardino Zapponi, Federico Fellini; Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Prucnal, Bernice Stegers, Jole Silvani, Donatella Damiani)
Marcello believes he is attractive to women. However, this certainty appears to falter when he finds himself at a feminist congress that wants to do away with men.
Chicken For Linda! Chicken For Linda!
Chicken For Linda! and The Old Oak
Dammi (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Yann Mounir Demange; Writer: Rosa Attab, Yann Mounir Demange; Stars: Riz Ahmed, Souheila Yacoub, Isabelle Adjani, Sandor Funtek)
Returning to Paris, a man moves through memories of his past and surreal fragments of the present, searching for connection with his estranged father.
The Falling Star (L'Etoile Filante) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2023; Director: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel; Writer: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel; Stars: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Kaori Ito, Philippe Martz, Bruno Romy)
Boris, a former activist, lives underground as a bartender at L'Étoile Filante. His guilty past resurfaces when a victim finds him and wants revenge. The appearance of a double, the depressed and solitary Dom, provides Boris, his resourceful partner Kayoko and their faithful friend, Tim, with the perfect escape plan. But they haven’t considered Dom’s ex-wife, a suspicious detective on their trail.
Falling Stars (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Richard Karpala, Gabriel Bienczycki; Writer: Richard Karpala; Stars: Rene Leech, Shaun Duke Jr, Andrew Gabriel)
On the night of first harvest, three brothers in the American West set out to see a dead witch buried by their friend and find themselves in a race to stop a curse.
First Case (Première affaire) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Victoria Musiedlak; Writer: Victoria Musiedlak; Stars: Noée Abita, Anders Danielsen Lie, Alexis Neises, François Morel, Saadia Bentaïeb)
Nora, 26, and a recently graduated lawyer, feels that she doesn’t have any real-life experience when she is thrown into her first criminal case, leading to trouble as it progresses.
Guardians Of The Formula (Čuvari formule) (Country: Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia; Year: 2023; Director: Dragan Bjelogrlić; Writer: Vuk Ršumović, Ognjen Sviličić, Dragan Bjelogrlić, based on the novel by Goran Milašinovićm; Stars: Alexis Manenti, Radivoje Raša Bukvić, Lionel Abelanski, Ognjen Mićović, Anne Serra, Jérémie Laheurte)
October 1958. A group of young communist scientists get irradiated with a lethal dose of uranium. They are sent to Paris for medical treatment by Prof Mathé. Certain that they were making a nuclear weapon, Mathé proposes the first bone marrow transplant. Is it an experiment with living humans or does he truly want to help them?
Shayda Shayda
Shayda and Theater Camp
I Am Not What I Am - The Tragedy of Othello by W Shakespeare (Non sono quello che sono - The Tragedy of Othello di W Shakespeare) (Country: Italy; Year: 2023; Director: Edoardo Leo; Writer: Edoardo Leo, based on the play by William Shakespeare; Stars: Edoardo Leo, Jawad Moraqib, Ambrosia Caldarelli, Antonia Truppo, Matteo Olivetti, Michael Schermi, Vittorio Viviani)
Shakespeare's play is transported to the early 2000s.
The Old Oak (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Ken Loach; Writer: Paul Laverty; Stars: Debbie Honeywood, Andy Dawson, Reuben Bainbridge, Col Tait, Rob Kirtley)
A musing on the future of The Old Oak, the last remaining pub in a village in Northeast England, where people are leaving the land as the mines are closed. Houses are cheap and available, thus making it an ideal location for Syrian refugees.
La Paloma (Country: Switzerland, France; Year: 1974; Director: Daniel Schmid; Writer: Daniel Schmid; Stars: Ingrid Caven, Peter Kern)
A tumultuous relationship unfolds between a cabaret singer Viola afflicted by tuberculosis, and a younger millionaire smitten with her.
The Path of Excellence (La Voie Royale) (Country: France, Switzerland; Year: 2023; Director: Frédéric Mermoud; Writer: Anton Likiernik, Frédéric Mermoud, Salvatore Lista; Stars: Suzanne Jouannet, Marie Colomb, Maud Wyler, Cyril Metzger, Marilyne Canto)
Sophie is a brilliant student. Encouraged by her maths teacher, she leaves the family farm to attend a science preparatory class and soon realises it presents more than rivalry but a true challenge of social climbing.
Shayda (Country: Australia; Year: 2023; Director: Noora Niasar; Writer: Noora Niasar; Stars: Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Osamah Sami, Leah Purcell, Jillian Nguyen, Mojean Aria, Selina Zahednia)
Shayda, an Iranian mother, finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter with her six-year-old daughter. Over Persian New Year, they take solace in Nowruz rituals and new beginnings, but when her estranged husband re-enters their lives, Shayda’s path to freedom is jeopardised.
Smugglers (Milsu) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2023; Director: Ryoo Seung-wan; Writer: Ryoo Seung-wan, Kim Jung-youn, Choi Cha-won; Stars: Kim Hye-sou, Yum Jung-ah, Zo In-sung, Park Jeong-min)
Two best friends whose jobs are under threat become embroiled in the smuggling business.
Theater Camp (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman; Writer: Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman; Stars: Molly Gordon, Ben Platt, Noah Galvin, Jimmy Tatro, Patti Harrison, Ayo Edebiri)
When the beloved founder of a run-down theatre camp in upstate New York falls into a coma, the eccentric staff must band together with the founder's crypto-bro son to keep the camp afloa

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