Peru and Brazil Selected in Locarno Film Fest's Official Competition


The Locarno Film Festival has announced its lineup for its 66th edition, the first year under new artistic director, Carlo Chatrain. The 20-film International Competition lineup features almost all world premieres and includes the Brazilian film Educação sentimental / Sentimental Educations by Júlio Bressane, which tells the story of a woman's love and desire for a boy, and the Peruvian film (in co-production with France and Mexico) El mudo / The Mute (pictured) by Diego and Daniel Vega which details the life of Constantino Zegarra, a Peruvian judge, lead him to think that someone is trying to get rid of him.

As part of the Filmmakers of the Present section, the Mexican film Los insólitos peces gato / The Amazing Catfish (pictured right) by Claudia Sainte-Luce will be representing Latin America. The film is a semi-autobiographical story is about a lonely young woman working at a supermarket, who moves in with a colorful family and bonds with each of its members, finding a sense of belonging.

Chosen to participate in the Piazza Grande is Chilean Sebastián Leilo's most recent feature, the tragicomedy Gloria. Unfolding against the backdrop of Chile's current political developments. Gloria is the story of a 58 year old divorcée who is determined to defy old age and loneliness and fills her evenings attending parties for single adults. One day, she meets Rodolfo, an ex-naval officer and embarks on a relationship which will force her to confront her own dark secrets.

Last year Mexican director Pedro González-Rubio won the Golden Leopard Award for his  feature film Inori in the Filmmakers of the Present competition. The 66th edition of the Swiss Locarno Film Festival will take place on August 7th and will conclude on August 17th.