Less than one out of every six features screened in the major programs at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival (August 6-16) will be directed by a woman.
Of the 56 films playing at the Piazza Grande ("films with a powerful impact), in competition (Concorso internazionale), in competition as first or second works (Concorso Cineasti del presente), or as part of the Signs of Life sidebar (for experimental films), a paltry nine are from female filmmakers.
As previously announced, Agnes Varda will receive a lifetime achievement award from the festival this year. A selection of her films will also be screened at Locarno. Also honored for their film work will be Juliette Binoche and Mia Farrow.
Here are the women-directed films to play at the 2014 Locarno festival:
LAND HO! by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens
United States/Iceland – 2014 – 95 min.
with Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson
Production: Gamechanger Films, Syncopated Films, Max Cap Productions World Sales: Sony Pictures Releasing International
Swiss distributor: The Walt Disney Company (Switzerland) GmbH
LES PLAGES D’AGNÈS by Agnès Varda
France – 2008 – 110 min.
Production: Ciné-Tamaris, ARTE France Cinéma World Sales: Ciné-Tamaris
Pardo d’onore Swisscom to Agnès Varda
LOVE ISLAND by Jasmila Žbanić
Croatia/Germany/Switzerland/Bosnia and Herzegovina – 2014 – 86 min. with Ariane Labed, Ermin Bravo, Ada Condeescu, Franco Nero Production: Produkcija živa
Co-production: Komplizen Film, Okofilm Productions, Deblokada World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH
CURE - THE LIFE OF ANOTHER by Andrea Štaka
Switzerland/Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina – 2014 – 83 min.
with Sylvie Marinković, Lucia Radulović, Marija Škaričić, Mirjana Karanović, Leon Lučev, Franjo Dijak
Production: Okofilm Productions
Co-production: Deblokada, Ziva produkcija
Swiss distributor: Pathé Films
FIDELIO, L’ODYSSÉE D’ALICE by Lucie Borleteau
France – 2014 – 95 min.
with Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie Production: Apsara Films, Why Not Productions Co-production: ARTE France Cinema
First Feature – World Premiere
Concorso Cineasti del presenti
SONGS FROM THE NORTH by Soon-Mi Yoo
United States/South Korea/Portugal – 2014 – 72 min. Documentary
Production: Rosa filmes
First feature – World Premiere
Signs of Life
AMORI E METAMORFOSI by Yanira Yariv
France/Italy – 2014 – 88 min.
with Andrea Vergoni, Gabriella Basso Ricci, Andrea Lorenzo Donnino Forzani, Marianna Murgia, Giulia Sulas, Christian Cristalli, Ondina Quadri, Lola Kola, Giacomo Fadda
Production: Acis Productions, Dugong
ANTIGONA DESPIERTA (Antigone Awake) by Lupe Pérez García
Spain – 2014 – 63 min.
with Gala Perez Iñesta, Sibel Tresaco Lera, Francisco Javier Lera Terés, Maria Lera Gracia, Manuel Tresaco Lera
Co-production: TOMA 78, LABYRINT FILMS
EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO (The Gold Bug) by Alejo Moguillansky and Fia-Stina Sandlund
Argentina/Denmark/Sweden – 2014 – 100 min.
with Rafael Spregelburd, Walter Jakob, Luciana Acuña, Agustina Sario, Matthieu Perpoint, Georg Tielmann, Fernando Tur, Andrea Garrote
Production: EL PAMPERO CINE, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute
Co-production: Milkwood, Universidad del Cine