Locarno Festival Sets West German Cinema Retrospective
The program will also make stops in New York and Washington in 2017.
The 69th edition of the Locarno Film Festival has partnered with Deutsches Filminstitut to bring the little-explored period of postwar West German cinema to the forefront with a special retrospective.
Curated by Olaf Moller and Roberto Turigliatto, the retrospective will focus on German cinema from 1949 to 1963 in the aftermath of World War II. While the cinema of this time period was highly popular with audiences, it was quickly cast aside with the arrival of New German Cinema in the mid-'60s.
The lineup will include films from distinguished directors, including Fritz Lang and Robert Siodmak, as well as such lesser-known directors as Geza von Radvanyi, Harald Braun and Peter Pewas. In addition to narrative features, the program will include animation, documentary, avant garde and experimental works.
“Even though I grew up with the cinematic 'new waves' and appreciated the breath of fresh air and innovation they brought with them, I think it would be an opportune moment to turn to take a look, free of facile prejudice, at the cinema of the '50s, and to consider it at its true worth,” said Locarno’s artistic director Carlo Chatrian. “West German cinema, to which we are devoting this cinematic journey, is a prime example of an art too promptly rejected for being a purely commercial product.”
The West German Cinema retrospective is also scheduled to make stops in 2017 at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
The Locarno Film Fest is set to run Aug. 3-13 in the Italian-speaking resort on Lake Maggiore in southern Switzerland.