Locarno 2021: Documentary Overview

The 74th Locarno Film Festival

August 4-14

This influential Swiss event returns after a reimagined edition last year, presenting 20 documentaries among its approximately 80 new features.

Among the offerings:

The Bad Man
Director: Lee Yong Chao
A profile of a man who was conscripted into an ethnic rebel group as a child to fight against Myanmar’s ruling military junta, transforming him from an innocent kid into a ruthless killer.

Director: Pawel Lozinski
Conversations that the director holds with people passing by in the street under his Warsaw apartment create a self-portrait of contemporary human life.

Director: Francesco Montagner
When their father gets sentenced to two years in prison for war participation and terrorism, three Bosnian brothers are suddenly left on their own.

Director: Karol Pałka
Danusia and her daughter Basia live far away from the modern world, in tune with the rhythm of nature, among animals and the spirits of the dead, but they feel a growing longing for contact with other people.

The Case of the Vanishing Gods
Director: Ross Lipman
A cultural history of ventriloquism disguised as a sci-fi TV series, integrating live actors with vintage and artist-made puppets.

Director: Giovanni Cioni
A border inspection at Ventimiglia, between Italy and France, turns into a fantastical fairy tale narrated by a chorus of frogs, wherein a scientist experiments with rejuvenation techniques using monkey testicles.

Interno giorno
Director: Marco Santarelli
A journey through cinema via the auditions of aspiring young actors and actresses who, from the Second World War era to 1968, tried for admission into Europe’s oldest film school, the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.

Director: Laurent Geslin
A lynx and its family, followed over the seasons.

Director: Marko Grba Singh
Marko spends time in the abandoned apartment of his childhood in Belgrade, revisiting traces of his past, both idyllic and traumatic.

Stand Up My Beauty
Director: Heidi Specogna
An Azmari singer from Addis Ababa who dreams of telling stories about the lives of ordinary people through her music meets a poet who lives on the streets with her children.

A Thousand Fires
Director: Saeed Taji Farouky
A tale of family, oil, and life cycles in Myanmar’s hand-drilled oil fields, as parents Htwe Tin and Thein Shwe pin their hopes for the future on their youngest son.

Director: Tomasz Wysokiński
A hero of the fight against apartheid, looking for a baby abducted in the township of Soweto, explores the dark corners of Johannesburg and the painful spaces of his soul.


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