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Locarno International Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Kicks Off August 7

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 17, 2013 at 12:23PM

The 66th Locarno International Film Festival, kicking off August 7, has unveiled its lineup. Included in the fest's selections are Richard Curtis' time-travel romantic comedy "About Time," starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson; Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's ("The Deep") "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; and the world premiere of South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo's "Our Sunhi."
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"The Dirties"
"The Dirties"

The 66th Locarno International Film Festival, kicking off August 7, has unveiled its lineup. Included in the fest's selections are Richard Curtis' time-travel romantic comedy "About Time," starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson; Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's ("The Deep") "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; and the world premiere of South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo's "Our Sunhi."

The competition lineup has a strong Asian presence, with Kiyoshi Kurosawa's ('Tokyo Sonata") sci-fi entry "Real," and former Hou Hsaio-hsien assistant Chang Tso-chi's coming-of-age tale "A Time in Quchi."

US entries include SXSW hit "Short Term 12," starring Brie Larsen as a foster care worker battling her own demons, also in competition; and Matt Johnson's excellent "The Dirties," which played Slamdance earlier this year, and looks at the violent ramifications of school bullying, will be repping in the Cineastes of the Present section.

The festival's full lineup is here.

This article is related to: Festivals, Locarno International Film Festival, Short Term 12, Hong Sang-soo, Baltasar Kormákur, Richard Curtis


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.