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59th Locarno International Film Festival by Niall (Oscar) Foran, Ireland


Stephanie Daly
This must be one of the more picturesque film festivals in Europe
situated next to Lake Maggiore on the Swiss side of the Italian-Swiss
border. It also seems to be quite a well attended festival as most of
the screenings we went to were quite full. The screens are separated
by short walks or shuttle bus if your feet are getting a little
tired!

There were 21 films in International Competition this year and
Personally, I felt that the standard wasn't particularly high. This
opinion seems to be borne out by the way the awards went, with no
single movie attracting any particular lauding. There were a
lot of movies that had little or no cohesion and just couldn't obey
the basic premise of keeping the audience's interest. I felt that a
number of the movies failed badly in their attempts to convey their
message.

The winner Das Fräulein suffered none of these problems, maybe I'm a
wee bit of a traditionalist but, when it comes to movies, I do like a
story to be weaved. Das Fräulein was also voted Overall Winner by the
main jury. In terms of competition entries that will appear at FICC screens in
the future I think there are very few but Half Nelson and Stephanie
Daly should surely feature.

Niall (Oscar) Foran, FICC jury member from Ireland