Swiss film festivals join forces for PalaCinema screenings in Locarno

10 internationally renowned Swiss film festivals are coming together for an iconic screening series taking place in Locarno’s PalaCinema multi-purpose hall, also known as the cinema of the Swiss Seestadt.

The innovative initiative, which will be launched with a press conference at the Locarno Film Festival on Saturday, is the brainchild of Nadia Dresti, the grand dame of the Locarno Festival, who recently joined the PalaCinema board.

The PalaCinema (pictured) houses the offices of the Locarno Film Festival, its film academy, the CISA film school, the Ticino Film Commission, the Swiss pubcaster RSI, as well as several commercial cinemas and other screening venues.

“On the 75th anniversary of the Locarno Festival, we would like to pay tribute to all international Swiss film festivals by inviting their artistic directors to each speak about their vision for their respective festivals and also to select a film that represents this vision,” said Dresti Diversity.

“This is a way to increase the power and visibility of these festivals,” she added.

“With this initiative, we want to underline the diversity and number of festivals in Switzerland and contribute to strengthening their global reputation and reach,” Dresti continued.

The directors of ten top Swiss film events are taking part in the “10 Film Festival @ PalaCinema” initiative.

In addition to Locarno, these include the Zurich Film Festival; the Kurzfilmtage Winterthur is the most important short film festival in Switzerland; the Friborg International Film Festival; Solothurn Film Days; Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival; the Geneva International Film Festival; the Festival del Cinema Giovane, dedicated to youth cinema; the Fantoche International Animated Film Festival; and Visions du Réel, dedicated to documents.

The artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival, Giona A. Nazzaro, will open the monthly screening series on September 15 with a screening of Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City, shown in 1946 during the first edition of Locarno. Swiss film festivals join forces for PalaCinema screenings in Locarno

Charles Jones

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