The Locarno Film Festival begins today in Switzerland and will feature films by Portuguese filmmakers Pedro Costa, Basil da Cunha and João Nicolau in the international competition.
Pedro Costa, who was awarded the prize for best achievement with "Horse Money" in 2014, is now returning to the festival with "Vitalina Varela", about a Cape Verdean woman who arrived in Portugal in 2013, three days after her husband's death.
The film will make its world premiere at Locarno on the 14th, and is guaranteed distribution and premiere in 2020 in the United States. Pedro Costa met Vitalina Varela while riding "Horse Money", eventually including part of her story in the narrative.
The competition of the Swiss festival will also include the premiere, on the 11th, of João Nicolau's "Technoboss", starring former cultural programmer Miguel Lobo Antunes, in the role of a divorced sexagenarian, and actress Luísa Cruz.
He joins, on the 13th, "The End of the World", the second fiction feature of the Portuguese-Swiss Basil da Cunha, about Spirra, "a young man who has just left a boarding school and is again with friends in Reboleira ".
Out of competition, Locarno will also exhibit, on the 10th, "Pleasure, Comrades!", By José Filipe Costa, based on stories of Portuguese and foreigners living in cooperatives and Portuguese villages, after April 25, 1974.
In the 'Pardi di Domani' section you will find the Portuguese co-production “Volcano: What dreams a lake?”, By Romanian Diana Vidrascu, developed in an artistic residence in the Azores, while Maya Kosa and Sérgio da Costa show "L'île aux oiseaux" "contest in the Gift Filmmakers section.
Locarno's 72nd film festival will run until the 17th, showing 50 short films and 29 feature films in four competitive sections.