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Locarno Open doors selection

Locarno’s Open Doors programme is available online ans screened at the moment in Locarno, this selection supports independent cinema in the Global South and East.

Locarno festival was forced to cancel in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, it unfolds mainly online under the banner of ’Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films’, with a compact programme of physical theatrical screenings in situ during its original dates of August 5 to 15.

Open Doors has created two separate line-ups, one for online, the other to screen physically in Locarno.

The online selection – made of10 features and 10 shorts – focuses on films from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Myanmar. 

The line-up also includes Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s debut feature The Masseur, which won the Golden Leopard in the video competition in 2005. Its inclusion is also intended as a retrospective tribute to the centenary of cinema in the Philippines this year.

Similarly, Open Doors is also marking 100 years of cinema in Myanmar with Maung Wunna’s 1973 work Tender Are The Feet.

A separate selection called ’Through the Open Doors’  will give a snapshot of the programme’s work in its past 17 editions, which touched down in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caucasus. They will screen theatrically in Locarno. 

The selection of 10 features were either presented to audiences in Locarno or former projects supported by the Open Doors industry programme.

It includes the Swiss premiere of Made In Bangladesh, which attended the Open Doors co-production platform in 2017, during the previous three-year focus on South Asia.

Further titles include Golden Leopard winner Winter Vacation by Chinese director Li Hongqi as well as Yeleen by Mali’s Souleymane Cissé and Teza by Ethiopian director Haile Gerima, which won awards at Cannes and at Venice respectively. 

Open Doors 2020 online selection:

Apparition (Phil-US)
Dir: Isabel Sandoval

Atambua 39°C (Indo)
Dir:Riri Riza

Clash (Engkwentro) (Phil)
Dir: Pepe Diokno

Memories Of My Body (Indo)
Dir:Garin Nugroho

Sell Out! (Malaysia)
Dir: Yeo Joon Han

Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay (Phil)
Dir: Antoinette Jadaone

Songlap (Mal)
Dirs: Effendee Mazlan, Fariza Azlina Isahak

Tender Are The Feet (Myanmar)
Dir: Maung Wunna

The Masseur (Masahista) (Phil)
Dir: Brillante Mendoza

What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (Ind)
Dir:Mouly Surya

Through the Open Doors selection:

Made In Bangladesh (Fr-Bang-Den-Port)
Dir: Rubaiyat Hossain

Necktie Youth (S Afr-Neth)
Dir: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

Keep Smiling (Gaigimet) (Geor-Fr-Lux)
Dir: Rusudan Chkonia

On The Edge (Sur La Planche) (Mor-Fr-Ger)
Dir: Leila Kilani

Winter Vacation (Han Jia) (China)
Dir: Li Hongqi

Teza (Ethiopa-Ger-Fr)
Dir: Haile Gerima

Madeinusa (Peru-Sp)
Dir: Claudia Llosa

I Am The One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave (Ana alati tahmol azouhour ila qabriha) (Syr-Fr)
Dir: Hala Alabdalla

Kairat (Kaz)
Dir: Darezhan Omirbaev

Yeelen (Brightness) (Mali-Burkina Faso-Fr)
Dir: Souleymane Cissé

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