Locarno going for cinema from Germany - Record participation by German films in the festival programme


No less than twelve German films and German-international co-productions can be seen at the 54th Locarno International Film Festival (2-12 August 2001), with five alone showing in the main programme.


Screening in the official competition are: Peter Sehr with the world premiere of his fourth feature LOVE THE HARD WAY, a German-Canadian-American-New Zealand co-production with Adrien Brody and Charlotte Ayanna in the leads, and Ian Dilthey, a student of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, with his first feature film (I'LL WAIT ON YOU HAND AND FOOT) which recently was awarded a prize at the International Festival of Film Schools in Munich.


There will also be "out of competition" presentations - as part of the famous open air screenings on the Piazza Grande - of MOSTLY MARTHA by Sandra Nettelbeck and the German-Swiss co-production DIE REISE NACH KAFIRISTAN by Donatello and Fosco Dubini. In addition, the British-German co-production THE CAT'S MEOW by Peter Bogdanovich will be shown.


Harun Farocki is taking part in the Video Competition with his new film essay DIE SCHÖPFER DER EINKAUFSWELTEN.


And five titles have been invited to screen in the section "Filmmakers of the Present": Andres Veiel's documentary BLACK BOX BRD which has been very successful in the German cinemas; the Austro-German co-production MEIN STERN by Valeska Grisebach; the Japanese-Korean-German co-production ON THE WAY by Jae Eun Choi; and - as part of a small homage to Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet - the films JEAN MARIE STRAUB UND DANIÈLE HUILLET BEI DER ARBEIT AN EINEM FILM NACH FRANZ KAFKAS "AMERIKA" by Harun Farocki and LIEBE FREUNDE, DIE MUSIK SEID IHR by Andreas Teuchert.


The "Critics Week", which is dedicated to films on the borderline between documentary and fiction, will present RABELADOS - DIE GEWALTLOSEN REBELLEN DER KAPVERDISCHEN INSELN by Torsten Truscheit and Ana Rocha Fernandes.


The Festival Internazionale di Locarno, which is particularly committed to the up-and-coming generation, is regarded as one of the most renowned of film events in Europe. This year's edition is the first one under the new director Irene Bignardi.. She is the successor of the long serving festival chief Marco Müller who resigned last year.