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Brie Larson Wins Best Actress at Locarno Film Festival Awards for 'Short Term 12'

The 66th Locarno International Film Festival has announced its annual awards, or Palmares. The Pardo d'Oro went to Albert Serra's "La Historia de la Meva Mort." Best Actress went to Brie Larson for "Short Term 12," which also won a special mention, while Balthasar Kormakur picked up the Variety Piazza Grand Award for '2 Guns,' starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, Fernando Bacilio took home Best Actor for the Vega brothers' "El Mudo."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2013 5:08 PM
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Locarno International Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Kicks Off August 7

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."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 17, 2013 12:23 PM
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Werner Herzog to Receive Locarno Film Fest's Lifetime Achievement Award

German director and voiceover enthusiast Werner Herzog will receive this year's Locarno International Film Festival's Pardo d'onore, the festival announced Wednesday.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • May 15, 2013 11:03 AM
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New Film Fest Spot Opens as Olivier Pere Leaves Locarno for Arte France Cinema

The game of musical chairs on the global film festival circuit continues as Olivier Père leaves his role as artistic director at the Festival del film Locarno after three years. He's moving on to become the General Director of Arte France Cinema. This means he is no longer a candidate for the New York Film Festival, which at the end of 2012 loses director Richard Pena after 25 years. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is searching for his replacement.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2012 4:01 PM
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Toronto Line-up Launches Oscar Race; What Will Show Up in Venice? Fantastic Fest?

Many likely Oscar contenders are spoken for in the Toronto line-up, from Ben Affleck's "Argo" to FDR tale "Hyde Park on Hudson." "Looper" may seem like an odd TIFF fest opener--the festival has stepped away from having to book Canadian films--unless you consider Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis walking the red carpet.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2012 7:32 PM
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