The official jury of the 65th Locarno Film Festival, chaired by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, surprised forecasters because Jean-Claude Brisseau is the doyen of a competition intended to showcase new talents and because the protagonist of this delicate production, shot on DV, is the filmmaker himself.
Among the French films, we also note Camille Rewinds by Noémie Lvovsky, which received the Variety Piazza Grande Award.
The 2012 edition of the event was marked by a slight increase in admissions, with 162,000 spectators during the 11 days of the festival (compared to 159,500 in 2011). The number of accreditations (3950) was on par with that of 2011. Around 900 journalists from 45 countries reported on the event (the same number as in 2011), while 970 professional accreditations were registered, compared to 900 in 2011 - being a progression of almost 8%.
For Locarno president, Marco Solari, "the end of a festival is already the begininng of the next." Next year's priorities will be centered around "strengthening the international profile of the festival, as well as supporting the city of Locarno's efforts in the realization of the Palazzo del Cinema, with the aim of making it a state-of-the-art audiovisual centre."
The 66th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will take place August 7 through 17, 2013.