The 68th edition of the Festival del film Locarno opened yesterday, August 5, with Edward Norton, who introduced the screening of Fight Club, before receiving the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon on the Piazza Grande.

Edward Norton - Excellence Award Moet & Chandon

Edward Norton – Excellence Award Moët & Chandon

As per tradition, the opening day has been characterized by a series of screenings in the sections Histoire(s) du cinéma, the Retrospettiva Sam Peckinpah and Open Doors. At the Auditorium FEVI, Edward Norton has introduced David Fincher’s Fight Club.

From left: Fabrice Aragno, Joanna Hogg, Jülio Bressane, Jay Van Hoy and Clotilde Courau

From left: Fabrice Aragno, Joanna Hogg, Jülio Bressane, Jay Van Hoy and Clotilde Courau

At 21.30 the Festival’s President Marco Solari introduced the official opening on the Piazza Grande. The evening has begun with the presentation of the official juries and the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon to Edward Norton. The Piazza Grande screenings opened with the world premiere of Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash.

68 Festival del film Locarno

68 Festival del film Locarno

The Festival continues until August 15, screening 179 features and 87 short films from 51 different countries. The three official competitions offer an opportunity to take the pulse of contemporary world cinema, while an important part of the overall program is dedicated to film history and those who have left their imprint on it, thus enabling viewers to gain insight and deeper knowledge of those key figures and (re)discover their work, as well as participate in the numerous discussions that are open to the general audience.

Among the other guests attending the Festival: Chantal Akerman, Sabine Azéma, Senta Berger, Marco Bellocchio, Júlio Bressane, Michael Cimino, Olivia Cooke, Clotilde Coureau, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Cécile de France, Joanna Hogg, HONG Sangsoo, Marthe Keller, Udo Kier, Nadav Lapid, Philippe Le Guay, Noémie Lvovsky, Mario Martone, Carmen Maura, MOON So-ri, Walter Murch, Bulle Ogier, Clémence Poésy, Melvil Poupaud, Ben Rivers, Barber Schroeder, Amy Schumer, Claire Simon, Isela Vega and Andrzej Zulawski.

Office Kitano - Premio Raimondo Rezzonico

Office Kitano – Premio Raimondo Rezzonico

Complete program information is available on the official website (, along with all the news, trailers and a range of exclusive content, as well as live streaming of all the Piazza Grande presentations and conversations with the guests of honour.


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