Locarno Film Festival Unveils Lineup With Female Characters at Its Center

  • Variety
Locarno Film Festival Unveils Lineup With Female Characters at Its Center
The Locarno Film Festival has unveiled the official lineup for its 71st edition, including 13 world premieres in the main competition, which is characterized by films with women at their center.

Artistic director Carlo Chatrian – who moves to the Berlin Film Festival next year – noted that, although only three of the 15 titles competing for the Golden Leopard are directed by women, “a large number of the films are portraits of women.”

That applies to U.S. first-time director Kent Jones’ drama “Diane,” which stars Mary Kay Place and made a splash at Tribeca; Romanian auteur Radu Muntean’s teenage pregnancy drama “Alice T”; Turkey’s “Sibel,” by Cagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti, whose protagonist is a young, rebellious mute woman; and Iraqi director Abbas Fahdel’s “Yara,” about a young woman who lives with her grandmother in an idyllic Lebanese village “where politics and the female condition in the Arab world come crashing in.
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