'500 Days of Summer' to open Locarno

Romantic comedy from U.S. helmer Marc Webb

ROME -- The European premiere of "500 Days of Summer," a romantic comedy from U.S. helmer Marc Webb, will be the opening film at the 62nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

The film, which will screen at the festival's famous Piazza Grande, continues the trend started by artistic director Frederick Maire, who has brought major Hollywood fare to Locarno along with a full slate of the festival's more traditional lineup of cerebral films.

In addition to the opening film, Locarno officials gave the first hints of what appears to be an international competition lineup.

The first contenders announced are "Os famosos e os duendes da morte" (The Famous and the Dead) from up-and-coming Brazilian director Esmir Filho, the international premiere of "The Search" from China's Pema Tseden, and the world premiere of "Complices," the first feature from Switzerland's Frederic Mermoud. This year's festival, the final one under the direction of Maire, will take place Aug. 5-15.
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