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60 Festival of Cinema of Locarno 2007, report by Raquel Llorca, Spain

60 EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL OF CINEMA OF LOCARNO 2007:



It was a great experience to again be a member of the Jury of the International Film Society.

First of all because the Film Festival of Locarno takes place in the wonderful town bordering huge Lake Maggiore. Moreover the weather was sunny and warm most of the week which allowed us to enjoy the many activities, concerts and other events outdoors. The nightly screening in Piazza Grande, the main square of Locarno, was simply magical. That square is both the Festival’s heart and its showcase.

I was very impressed by this enormous Renaissance square, one of the biggest in the world (364 m2), which can accommodate over 8,000 viewers that come every night to participate in the event. It is an exceptional occasion to share with directors, actors and producers that present their latest works. The festival opened this year whith Japanese film “Vexille” of Fummihiko Sori. Other films that were screened were “ The voyage of the ballon rouge” starring Juliette Binosh and directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien who received the award “Leopard of Honour”, “Planet Terror” by Robert Rodriguez, “The Bourne ultimatum” carried starring Mat Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass.



On the first night the film “Saraband” was screening in Piazza Grande as tribute to recently disappeared Swedish cinematographer Ingmar Bergman who directed it in 2003.

Other tributes of the festival were dedicated to the French man Michel Piccoli who received the “Locarno excellence award”, to the Argentine producer Lita Stanic with the prize “Raimondo Rezzonico” in recognition of an independent producer, and to the actress Carmen Maura of her work us whose latest films, “the minor of the evils” and “the day that you want to me”.

The FICC jury decided to give the prize Don Quixote to the film “the Maison Jaune” of the Algerian director Hakkar Love and also delivers an affecting performance as the main actor, inspired by an own experience, This film tells the story of a man who goes on his tricycle to find the corpse of his son. Despite the empathy and compassion of people he meets along the way, Mouloud’s journey is imbued with suffering and loneliness.

La Maison Jaune was inspired by Amor hakkar’s own experience of having to take his father’s remains from France to his place or origin in the Aures.

The film evokes the sense of emptiness with shots of the Aures’ wild landscapes, where nightfall is charged with an atmosphere full of nostalgia and sadness. The dialogue is sparse, but the music, combined with the conveys the sonorities of Berber language.


Raquel Llorca
Cineclub Xicsnefils de Cerdanyola
To represent Federació catalana de Cineclubs