'Gangster' takes final Locarno Piazza slot

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ROME -- The final screening slot for the Locarno Film Festival's famous Piazza Grande is set, with "Toujours Reve d'Etre un Gangster" (I Always Dreamed of Being a Gangster) joining a schedule that includes the world or European premieres of several big Hollywood titles.

"Toujours Reve d'Etre un Gangster," the second film from French director Samuel Benchetrit, is a black-and-white thriller that includes multiple story lines, including one that features a female would-be mobster who trys to take advantage of similarly inexperienced female gangster. Another thread follows a pair of hapless kidnappers who abduct a suicidal young woman who begs them to kill her.

The film, produced by Fidelite Films and sold internationally by Wild Bunch, is part of a Piazza Grande lineup that includes "Knocked Up" from Universal Pictures, "Planet Terror" from the Weinstein Co., "Hairspray" from New Line Cinema and Fox Searchlight comedy "Waitress."

The Piazza is Locarno's best-known venue and Europe's largest outdoor film arena, with space for 7,000 moviegoers.

The 60th edition of the Locarno Film Festival runs Aug. 1-11.
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