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Locarno 2010, 63rd Festival del Film report by Barbara Fischer-Rittmeyer (Germany), Christian Carmosino (Italy) and Fabio Gramegna (Switzerland)

Our experience as the FICC Jury during the Festival del Film Locarno 2010 was very positive in many ways. The staff at the Festival gave us a warm welcome and our hotels were nice (although a bit far from the centre). The three of us formed a joyful and united team. We had a very good time exchanging ideas about cinema and enjoying the wonderful pizzas (joke) next to the Piazza Grande.

Except for a few movies that, in our humble opinion, should not have been part of the International Competition, the selection made by the new artistic director Olivier Père was rather convincing. Many countries were represented, with directors coming from all around the world. However, a majority of productions came from Europe and there was no African movie. Two Chinese movies attracted considerable attention this year. One of them, a comedy – that did not make us all three laugh – called Han jia (Winter Vacation), won the main award, the Pardo d’Oro. We gave a special mention to the other one, a six-hour long documentary – Karamay by Xu Xin – about a tragedy that killed around 300 children in 1994. Although we were first afraid this movie would be too long, especially at the end of the Festival, we were finally all convinced by its high quality. Concerning the movie we awarded – Morgen – we particularly appreciated the way the young director Marian Crisan told this story of a Romanian hiding and helping a Turk illegally at the frontier between Romania and Hungary. Crisan found the right distance, humanity and humour to move us. We were not the only one to love Morgen since it received many other prizes: Jury Special Prize, Ecumenical Prize and Junior Jury 3rd Prize. We would be very glad if this movie could be shown in many Cine-clubs around the world. There were of course other movies that we enjoyed but that we did not mention at the final ceremony. We notably liked the magnificent photography in Womb by Benedek Fliegauf, the actors in La Petite Chambre by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond, the sound and direction in Pietro by Daniele Gaglianone, the songs in the Greek-like tragedy Beli Beli Svet (White White World) by Oleg Novkovic, etc. These movies will probably not all be remembered and shown in Cine-clubs. However, they would deserve it.

Beside the International Competition the Locarno Festival offers other interesting sections such as the Concorso Cineasti del presente (feature films),the Concorso Pardi di domani (short films) and the Settimana della critica. So there are a lot of chances to discover good and innovative films for our work. This is the reason why we hope the FICC will go on being interested in the Festival del Film Locarno that is as old our Federation.

Barbara Fischer-Rittmeyer (Germany),
Christian Carmosino (Italy)
and Fabio Gramegna (Switzerland)