The 74 edition Festival de Locarno will take place as a phsysical event from August 4-14 under the new Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro. The festival that promotes arthouse cinema has announces its line-up that includes two Catalan films.
Sis dies corrents (The Odd-Job Men), directed by Neus Ballús, will compete in the Concorso Internazionale section that showcases established auteurs alongside new discoveries, storytelling and innovation, and aims to mark the new territories of cinematic art. The film will compete for the prestigious Pardo d’oro award.
In 2013, Neus Ballús becames internationally known with her first feature film premiered at the Berlinale Forum section, La Plaga. Her second feature film, Staff Only , was also selected for Berlinale Panorama section. Sis dies corrents (The Odd-Job Men), produced by Distinto Films in co-production with El Kinògraf in association with Slot Machine, it's a gripping, funny, semi-realistic look at six decisive days in in the life of Moha, Valero and Pep - workers in a small plumbing and electricity company in the outskirts of Barcelona.
What's more, the Open Doors Screenings section that explores from 2019 to 2021 the diverse filmmaking of South East Asia and Mongoliathe will be shown The Long Walk, by Mattie Do (Screen Division, Lao Art Media, Aurora Media Holdings, 108 Medianew) premiered at Venice Days 2019.
Apart from the Catalan productions selected for the festival, a strong Catalan presence is found in the industry activities within the festival: Carlos Pardo Ros (DVEIN Films) will participate in the Match Me!, together with two other Spanish producers. The event will take place between the 2nd and 8th of August. Carlos Pardo had been selected in the last Berlinale Talents edition.
Match Me! is an initiative created by Locarno Pro, a networking platform focusing on establishing contact between the invited producers because of their unique perspectives and innovative ideas. Amongst others, ICAA is part of this exclusively industrial programme within the festival.
On the other hand, Locarno Academy bring together 35 participants: filmmakers, critics and industry professionals. Queralt Pons (Morethan Films) has been selected to participate in the Locarno Industry Academy. During the length of the festival, all the young participants who work in international sales, marketing, distribution, exhibition and programming will establish contact with other industry professional with a collaborative intention.