The 72nd Locarno Film Festival
This long-running Swiss A-list fest presents 30 documentaries among its line-up of approximately 90 new and recent features.
Nonfiction or hybrid work accounts for nearly a third of Locarno’s official competitive sections, though but one doc appears in the main Concorso internazionale, Maya Khoury’s DURING REVOLUTION
, which documents activists during the Syrian civil war over six years. Representation is better in the Concorso Cineasti del presente, with a quarter of that section: Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter’s hybrid SPACE DOGS
, an exploration of Moscow’s street dogs and the canine cosmonaut Laika; Yoon Sung-a’s OVERSEAS
, which follows the training of Filipino domestic workers before they head abroad; Maya Kosa and Sergio da Costa’s BIRD ISLAND
, about a young man who participates in a rehabilitation program caring for injured birds; and Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson’s hybrid HERE FOR LIFE
, in which Londoners share stories about gentrification. Finally, all of the features in Moving Ahead, the re-named Signs of Life competition, are docs or hybrids, including Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong’s KRABI, 2562
, which explores storytelling among the inhabitants of the titular Thai town; Lukas Marxt’s RALF’S COLORS
, about the inner life of a schizophrenic; and Éric Baudelaire’s UN FILM DRAMATIQUE
, a collaboration with and about French suburban middle schoolers.
Documentary is more strongly represented in the fest’s non-competitive strands. The Fuori concorso includes: Olivier Zabat’s ARGUMENTS
, a profile of individuals who have auditory hallucinations; Giovanni Cioni’s NOT A DREAM
, which looks at a prison’s theatre program; Sima Khatami and Aldo Lee’s BEING JÉRÔME BEL
, a contentious portrait of the notoriously rebellious choreographer; and Marie Losier’s FELIX IN WONDERLAND
, on electronic musician Felix Kubin. The autonomous Semaine de la critique consists of only doc features, such as: David Vogel’s SHALOM ALLAH
, which follows Swiss people who convert to Islam; Sébastien Lifshitz’s ADOLESCENTES
, a longitudinal look at two teenage girls’ lives; and Reza Farahmand’s COPPER NOTES OF A DREAM
, about a 10-year-old in Syria who dreams of being a musician.