Locarno Film Fest: 'Listen Up Philip' With Jason Schwartzman to Screen in Competition

3:56 AM PST 06/24/2014 by Eric J. Lyman
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Jason Schwartzman

Joel Potrykus' indie drama "Buzzard" will also screen at the 67-year-old Swiss festival.

ROME — This year's edition of the Locarno Film Festival will have at least a slight American accent, as the festival will welcome back two U.S. indie directors who took some of their earliest international steps as filmmakers at the storied Swiss event.

The 67-year-old lakeside festival announced Tuesday that Alex Ross Perry and Joel Potrykus would be bringing their latest features. Both directors came to Locarno early in their careers: Perry with the romantic comedy The Color Wheel in 2011 and Potrykus a year later with the comic fantasy film Ape.

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This year they're both back. Perry's Listen Up Philip, which will screen in the main competition, tells the tale of a young writer suffering from creative crisis and romantic problems. It stars Jason Schwartzman in the main role and Jonathan Pryce as an elderly cohort. Both Schwartzman and Pryce will attend the festival.

Potrykus, meanwhile, offers his sophomore effort, coming-of-age drama Buzzard, to Locarno's Concorso Cineasti del Presente section. Like Ape, the film stars Joshua Burge in the main role.

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"We want to highlight the welcome return of two directors," Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement. "Not only to signal an obvious continuity with the recent past but above all because for us the films of Alex Ross Perry and Joel Potrykus are among the most interesting in the recent crop of independent productions."

Locarno, which will take place this year August 6-16, will announce its full lineup July 16.

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