Locarno Film Festival 2023

July 5th, 2023
Author: Meredith Taylor

The Locarno International Film Festival director artistic director Giona Nazzaro today unveiled his eclectic mix of films for the 76th Locarno Film Festival which runs from 2 until 12 August 2023 in its luxurious lakeside location. Locarno is known for its edgy profile and this year will be no different: Films by established auteurs: Lav Diaz, Quentin Dupieux and Ken Loach will screen alongside an inventive array of undiscovered newcomers in a selection that embraces traditional stories and more experimental and avant-garde fare.

Locarno’s main Piazza Grande section offers a chance to catch up on this year’s festival hits including Cannes Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of a Fall from French director Justine Triet starring Sandra Hüller; Ken Loach’s latest Cannes feature, The Old Oak; Noora Niasari’s Sundance audience award winner Shayda; and a new eco-documentary from March of the Penguins‘ filmmaker Luc Jacquet set in Antarctica.

Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude is back in the Concorso internazionale with his latest drama Do Not Expect Too Much of the End of the World and Quentin Dupieux brings his wacky brand of humour with Yannik a follow up to Smoking Causes Coughing, starring Blanche Garden and Pio Marmai. One of the most prolific auteurs of today Lav Diaz has yet another a new film for the competition Essential Truths of the Lake.

Two times Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will also be on the Piazza Grande, Europe’s largest outdoor screening space, along with Oscar-nominated British actor Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) who will be presented with this year’s with Locarno’s Excellence Award Davide Campari. And Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers) will receive the 2023 Pardo d’Honore

The 2023 Locarno International Film Festival runs from August 2 to 12 with the following line-up 


Piazza Grande Programme

Anatomy of a Fall, director: Justine Triet
Magnetic Continent, director: Luc Jacquet
Guardians of the Formula, director: Dragan Bjelogrlić
Dammi, director: Yann Mounir Demange
Falling Stars, directors: Richard Karpala, Gabriel Bienczycki
The Falling Star, directors: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel
La Bella Estate, director: Laura Luchetti
City of Women (1980), director: Federico Fellini
La Paloma (1974) director: Daniel Schmid
La Voie Royale, director: Frédéric Mermoud
Smugglers, director: RYOO Seung-wan
The Tragedy of Othello by W. Shakespeare, director: Edoardo Leo
Première Affaire, director: Victoria Musiedlak
Shayda, director: Noora Niasari
The Old Oak, director: Ken Loach
Theater Camp, directors: Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman

Concorso Internazionale Program

Animal, director: Sofia Exarchou
Home, director: Leonor Teles
El Auge del Humano 3, director: Eduardo Williams
Essential Truths of the Lake, director: Lav Diaz
The Permanent Picture, director: Laura Ferrés
Lousy Carter, director: Bob Byington
Manga D’Terra, director: Basil Da Cunha
Critical Zone, director: Ali Ahmadzadeh
The Invisible Fight, director: Rainer Sarnet
Do Not Expect Too Much of the End of the World, director: Radu Jude
Nuit Obscure – Au Revoir Ici, N’importe Où, director: Sylvain George
Patagonia, director: Simone Bozzelli
Rossosperanza, director: Annarita Zambrano
Stepne, director: Maryna Vroda
Sweet Dreams, director: Ena Sendijarević
The Vanishing Soldier, director: Dani Rosenberg
Yannick, director: Quentin Dupieux

Concorso Cineasti Del Presente Program

Camping du Lac, director: Eléonore Saintagnan
Ein Schöner Ort, director: Katharina Huber
Excursion, director: Una Gunjak
Family Portrait, director: Lucy Kerr
Dreaming & Dying, director: Nelson Yeo
La Morsure, director: Romain de Saint-Blanquat
Negu Hurbilak, director: Colectivo Negu
On the Go, directors: María Gisèle Royo, Julia de Castro
Rapture, director: Dominic Sangma
Rivière, director: Hugues Hariche
Todos los Incendios, director: Mauricio Calderón Rico
Touched, director: Claudia Rorarius
Und dass man ohne Täuschung zu leben vermag, director: Katharina Lüdin
Whispers of Fire & Water, director: Lubdhak Chatterjee
West Border, director: Yan Luo


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