74th Locarno Film Festival

The 74th annual Locarno Festival was held from 4 August to 14 August 2021 in Locarno, Switzerland.[1] The opening film of the festival was Beckett by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, which had its world premiere on 4 August.[2] The 74th edition of Locarno Film Festival hosted 14 films including 7 world premieres in Piazza Grande among which half were European productions.[3][4] More than 75,000 spectators attended the festival. 50% less than the attendance rate in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

74th Locarno Film Festival
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Festival official poster
Opening filmBeckett by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Closing filmRespect by Liesl Tommy
LocationLocarno, Switzerland
Hosted byAssociazione Festival del film Locarno
No. of filmsProgrammed: 209
World premieres: 100
Festival dateOpening: 4 August 2021 (2021-08-04)
Closing: 14 August 2021 (2021-08-14)
Website74 Locarno Film Festival
Locarno Film Festival


Rotonda by la Mobiliare -Come together!

This event will be held from 30 July to 14 August. It is Locarno Film Festival’s communal space, which embraces existing audience and greets new people. It will have following platforms:

  • Art
  • Virtual Reality
  • Forum
  • Talks
  • Music
  • Food and beverage
  • Kids town
  • Come together
Locarno Talks la Mobiliare

During the course of the film festival, it will be a stage for exchanging and debating ideas and perspectives. It will have encounters with people from the world of art, photography, cinema music, politics and science.

Cinema and youthEdit

This is an initiative open to 28 final year students of high school or vocational school of Switzerland and Northern Italy, aged between 18 and 23. They will be privileged viewers as they may watch the screenings, meet directors and actors/actresses, attend specially organized introductory lectures on film language. In addition they will have access to the sidebar events.


International competitionEdit

Filmmakers of the present competitionEdit

Leopards of tomorrowEdit

  • Kamal Aljafari, (Palestinian filmmaker and artist)
  • Marie-Pierre Macia, (French Producer)
  • Adina Pintilie (Romanian film director, screenwriter, visual artist and curator)

First featureEdit

  • Amjad Abu Alala (Sudanese film director, screenwriter and producer)
  • Karina Ressler (Austrian editor)
  • Katharina Wyss (Switzerland, filmmaker)


Sources: [6][7][8]


  • LYNX by Laurent Geslin
  • Tomorrow My Love by Gitanjali Rao

Piazza GrandeEdit

Closing film
Highlighted title indicates closing film.[9]
Highlighted title indicates special award winning film.
Title Original title Country Director
Beckett Italy Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Free Guy USA Shawn Levy
Heat USA Michael Mann
Hinterland Austria /Luxembourg Stefan Ruzowitzky
Ida Red USA John Swab[10]
Monte Verita Switzerland /Austria /Germany Stefan Jäger
National Lampoon's Animal House USA John Landis
Respect USA /Canada Liesl Tommy
Rose France Aurélie Saada
Sinkhole 싱크홀 (Singkeuhol) South Korea Kim Ji-hoon[11]
The Alleys Jordan /Egypt /Saudi Arabia /Qatar Bassel Ghandour[12]
The Terminator USA /United Kingdom James Cameron
Vortex France /Belgium /Monaco Gaspar Noé
Yaya e Lennie – The Walking Liberty Italy Alessandro Rak

International competition (Concorso internazionale)Edit

Highlighted title indicates award winner
Highlighted title indicates Golden Leopard winner
Title English title Country Director
After Blue Paradis Sale France Bertrand Mandico
Al Naher The River Lebanon, France, Germany, Qatar Ghassan Salhab
Espíritu sagrado The Sacred Spirit Spain, France, Turkey Chema García Ibarra
Gerda Russia Natalya Kudryashova
I Giganti The Giants Italy Bonifacio Angius
Jiao Ma Tang Hui 'A New Old Play Hong Kong, France Qiu Jiongjiong
Juju Stories Nigeria, France C.J. Obasi, Abba T. Makama, Michael Omonua
La place d'une autre Secret Name France Aurélia Georges
Leynilögga Cop Secret Iceland Hannes Þór Halldórsson
Luzifer Austria Peter Brunner
Medea Russia Alexander Zeldovich
Nebesa Heaven Above Serbia, Germany, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina Srdjan Dragojević
Petite Solange France Axelle Ropert
Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash Indonesia, Singapore, Germany Edwin
Sis dies corrents The Odd-Job Men Spain Neus Ballús[13]
Soul of a Beast Switzerland Lorenz Merz
Zeros and Ones Italy, Germany, United States Abel Ferrara[10]

Filmmakers of the present competition (Concorso Cineasti del presente)Edit

Title English title Country Director
Actual People USA Kit Zauhar
Agia Emi Holy Emy Greece, France, USA Araceli Lemos
Amansa tiafi Public Toilet Africa Ghana Kofi Ofosu-Yeboah
Brotherhood Czech Republic, Italy Francesco Montagner
Bu yao zai jian a, Yu hua tang Virgin Blue China Niu Xiaoyu
Il Legionario The Legionnaire Italy /France Hleb Papou
Kun maupay man it panahon Whether the Weather Is Fine Philippines /France /Singapore /Indonesia /Germany /Qatar Carlo Francisco Manatad
L’été l’éternité Our Eternal Summer France Émilie Aussel
Mis hermanos sueñan despiertos My Brothers Dream Awake Chile Claudia Huaiquimilla
Mostro Mexico José Pablo Escamilla
Mostro Mexico José Pablo Escamilla
Niemand ist bei den Kälbern No One's with the Calves Germany Sabrina Sarabi
Shankar's Fairies India Irfana Majumdar
Streams Tunisia /Luxembourg /France Mehdi Hmili
Wet Sand Switzerland /Georgia Elena Naveriani
Zahorí Switzerland /Argentina /Chile /France Marì Alessandrini[14]

Leopards of tomorrow (Pardi di domani)Edit

The section consists of three competitions:

  • International competition (Concorso internazionale): Works by emerging filmmakers from all over the world;
  • National competition (Concorso nazionale): Swiss productions; and
  • Competition of Author's Courts (Concorso Corti d’autore): short works by established directors

International competition (Concorso internazionale)Edit

Title English title Country Director
A Máquina Infernal The Infernal Machine Brazil Francis Vogner Dos Reis
And Then They Burn the Sea Qatar Majid Al-Remaihi
Atrapaluz Suncatcher Costa Rica, Mexico Kim Torres
Dōng dōng de shèng dàn jié Christmas China, USA Fengrui Zhang
Fantasma Neon Neon Phantom Brazil Leonardo Martinelli
FIRST TIME [The Time for All but Sunset - VIOLET] Germany Nicolaas Schmidt
Giochi Playtime Italy Simone Bozzelli
Imuhira Home Rwanda Myriam Uwiragiye Birara
In Flow of Words Netherlands Eliane Esther Bots
Layl Night Germany /Qatar /Jordan /Palestine Ahmad Saleh
Les Démons de Dorothy The Demons of Dorothy France Alexis Langlois
Love, Dad Czech Republic /Slovakia Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Mask Iran Nava Rezvani
Papyni krosivky Dad's Sneakers Ukraine Olha Zhurba
Somleng reatrey Sound of the Night Cambodia Chanrado Sok, Kongkea Vann
Squish! Thailand /Singapore Tulapop Saenjaroen
Steakhouse Slovenia /Germany /France Špela Čadež
The Sunset Special Germany Nicolas Gebbe
Strawberry Cheesecake Singapore Siyou Tan
Yi yi Time Flows in Strange Ways on Sundays Singapore Giselle Lin

National competition (Concorso nazionale)Edit

Title English title Country Director
After a Room United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland Naomi Pacifique
Cavales Dream Racing Switzerland Juliette Riccaboni
Chute Strangers Switzerland Nora Longatti
Dihya Switzerland Lucia Martinez Garcia
Ding Thing Switzerland Pascale Egli, Aurelio Ghirardelli
Es muss It Must Switzerland Flavio Luca Marano, Jumana Issa
Four Pills at Night Kosovo, Switzerland Leart Rama
Mr. Pete & the Iron Horse Switzerland Kilian Vilim
Real News Switzerland, Serbia Luka Popadić
The Life Underground Switzerland Loïc Hobi

Competition of Author's Courts (Concorso Corti d’autore)Edit

Title English title Country Director
Caricaturana Romania Radu Jude
Criatura Creature Argentina, Switzerland María Silvia Esteve
Dead Flash France Bertrand Mandico
Fou de Bassan France Yann Gonzalez
Happiness Is a Journey USA, Estonia Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Hotel Royal Portugal Salomé Lamas
How Do You Measure a Year? United States Jay Rosenblatt
Il faut fabriquer ses cadeaux Gotta Fabricate Your Own Gifts Switzerland Cyril Schäublin
Kazneni udarac Penalty Shot Croatia /Slovenia /Austria Rok Biček
Se posso permettermi Italy Marco Bellocchio

Out of competition (Fuori concorso)Edit

Title English title Country Director
Dal pianeta degli umani From the Planet of the Humans Italy, Belgium, France Giovanni Cioni
Il mostro della cripta The Monster of the Crypt Italy Daniele Misischia
Mad God United States Phil Tippett
Pathos Ethos Logos Portugal Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel
Rampart Serbia Marko Grba Singh
She Will UK Charlotte Colbert
The Sadness Taiwan Rob Jabbaz

Open doors screeningsEdit

Title English title Country Director
Aswang Philippines, France, Norway, Germany, Qatar, Denmark Alyx Ayn Arumpac
Bor mi vanh chark The Long Walk Laos, Spain, Singapore Mattie Do
Manta Ray Thailand, France, China Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Money Has Four Legs Myanmar Maung Sun
Nguoi truyen giong The Inseminator Vietnam, Germany Bui Kim Quy
Od ba gegee They Sing Up on the Hill Mongolia, United Kingdom Bat-Amgalan Lkhagvajav, Ian Allardyce
Sekala niskala The Seen and Unseen Indonesia Kamila Andini
The Story of Southern Islet Malaysia Keat Aun Chong
Young Love Cambodia Lomorpich Rithy

History (s) of cinema (Histoire(s) du cinéma)Edit

Title English title Country Director
A Távola de Rocha Around Rocha’s Table Portugal, Japan Samuel Barbosa
Al-massir Destiny Egypt, France Youssef Chahine
Derborence Switzerland Francis Reusser
Dick USA, France, Canada Andrew Fleming
Docteur Chance Doctor Chance France, Chile F.J. Ossang

Retrospective (Retrospettiva)Edit

Title English title Country Director
12 registi per 12 città: Genova 12 directors for 12 cities: Genoa Italy Alberto Lattuada
Amore in città Love in the city Italy Alberto Lattuada, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Carlo Lizzani, Francesco Maselli, Dino Risi, Cesare Zavattini
Anna Italy, France Alberto Lattuada
Bianco rosso e... White Sister Italy, France, Spain Alberto Lattuada
Così come sei Stay as You Are Italy, Spain Alberto Lattuada

Locarno Kids: screeningsEdit

Title English title Country Director
Clorofilla dal cielo blu Switzerland Victor J. Tognola
Go West USA Buster Keaton
Here My Village Iran Abas Aram
Trash - La leggenda della piramide magica Trash - The legend of the magic pyramid Italy Luca Della Grotta, Francesco Dafano
Zu weit weg Too Far Away Germany Sarah Winkenstette

Swiss panorama (Panorama Suisse)Edit

Title English title Country Director
Apenas el sol Nothing but the Sun Switzerland /Paraguay Arami Ullón
Atlas Switzerland, Belgium, Italy Niccolò Castelli
Das Mädchen und die Spinne The Girl and the Spider Switzerland Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher
Das neue Evangelium The New Gospel Switzerland, Germany Milo Rau
Das Spiel The Game Switzerland Roman Hodel
Deine Strasse Your Street Switzerland Güzin Kar
Mare Switzerland, Croatia Andrea Štaka

Critics' week (Semaine de la critique)Edit

Title English title Country Director
A Thousand Fires France /Switzerland /Netherlands /Palestine Saeed Taji Farouky
Bukolika Poland Karol Pałka
Film balkonowy The Balcony Poland Paweł Łoziński
How to Kill a Cloud Finland /Denmark Tuija Halttunen
Walk With Angels Poland Tomasz Wysokiński
Stand Up My Beauty Switzerland /Germany Heidi Specogna
The Bad Man Taiwan Lee Yong Chao



Leopard of Honour (Pardo d’onore Manor award)Edit

Special AwardsEdit

Excellence Award Davide Campari
  • Locarno Film Festival Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards
    • In Flow of Words
  • Special Lifetime achievement award: Dario Argento[19]
  • Variety Piazza Grande Award: Rose by Aurélie Saada[20]

The following awards will be presented for films shown in competition:

International competitionEdit

  • A New Old Play (Jiao Ma Tang Hui) by Qui Jiongjiong

Filmmakers of the present competitionEdit

  • Golden Leopard - Filmmakers of the Present: Brotherhood by Francesco Montagner
  • Special Jury Prize: L’Été L’éternité by Émilie Aussel
  • Best Emerging Director: Hleb Papou, Il Legionario
  • Leopard for the Best Actress: Saskia Rosendahl, No One’s With the Calves by Sabrina Sarabi
  • Leopard for the Best Actor: Gia Agumava, Wet Sand, by Elene Naveriani

Leopards of TomorrowEdit

  • Pardino d’oro SRG SSR for the Best International Short Film: Neon Phantom (Fantasma Neon) by Leonardo Martinelli
  • Pardino d’oro Swiss Life for the Best Author Short Film: Creature (Criatura) by María Silvia Esteve
  • Pardino d’argento SRG SSR for the International Competition: The Demons of Dorothy, (Les Démons De Dorothy by Alexis Langlois
  • Pardi di domani Best Direction Award – BONALUMI Engineering: Eliane Esther Bots, In Flow of Words
  • Medien Patent Verwaltung AG Award: Home (Imuhira) by Myriam Uwiragiye Birara
  • Special Mentions
    • First Time (The Time For All But Sunset – Violet) by Nicolaas Schmidt

National competitionEdit

  • Pardino d’oro Swiss Life for the Best Auteur Short Film: Strangers (Chute) by Nora Longatti
  • Pardino d’argento Swiss Life for the National Competition: After A Room by Naomi Pacifique
  • Best Swiss Newcomer Award: Flavio Luca Marano, Jumana Issa, It Must (Es Muss)

First featureEdit

  • Swatch First Feature Award: She Will by Charlotte Colbert
  • Special Mention
    • Holy Emy (Agia Emi) by Araceli Lemos


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