Yesterday, the official lineup for the upcoming 65th Locarno International Film Festival was announced. The annual festival, one of the worlds oldest, runs from August 1-8.
Located in the picturesque Swiss city of Locarno, on the northern tip of Lake Maggiore, the festival is known for it's Piazza Grande, a massive open-air theatre with a capacity for 8,000 spectators and a 364 square meter screen.
19 films produced by 21 different countries from around the world, including 13 world premieres will be competing in the Concorso internazionale section for the festival's grand prize Pardo d'oro (Golden Leopard).
Winners will be decided by a jury of international film figures led by this year's Jury President Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He is joined by American director and screenwriter Roger Avary, South Korean director Im Sang-soo, French director and actress Noémie Lvovsky, and Swiss writer Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Read on for a preview of the films in competition at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival:
The Last Time I Saw Macao (A última vez que vi Macau)
directed by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
Berberian Sound Studio
directed by Peter Strickland
UK, Germany, Australia
directed by Craig Zobel
The Shine of Day (Der glanz des tages)
directed by Rainer Frimmel, Tizza Covi
directed by Simon Baumann, Andreas Pfiffner
Jack and Diane
directed by Bradley Rust Gray
The Girl from Nowhere (La fille de nulle part)
directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau
directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
UK, USA, France
Greatest Hits (Los Mejores Temas)
directed by Nicolás Pereda
Mexico, Canada, Netherlands
directed by François Pirot
directed by Jem Cohen
The Landlords (I Padroni di casa)
directed by Edoardo Gabbriellini
directed by Shô Miyake
directed by Julio Hernández Cordón
Guatemala, Spain, Chile, Germany
Somebody Up There Likes Me
directed by Bob Byington
directed by Sean Baker
The End of Time
directed by Peter Mettler
Une Estonienne à Paris
directed by Ilmar Raag
France, Estonia, Belgium
When Night Falls (我還有話要說)
directed by Ying Liang
What do you think of this year's eclectic Locarno lineup?