Locarno Film Fest to Open With Luc Besson's 'Lucy,' Starring Scarlett Johansson


ROME — Lucy, the latest feature from French action-film director Luc Besson, will open the Locarno Film Festival, officials said Thursday.

Besson will be on hand for the screening at Locarno's famed Piazza Grande on August 6.

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Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman who becomes transformed into a supernatural warrior when threatened. Morgan Freeman and Analeigh Tipton also appear in the film.

Lucy, which will screen out-of-competition in Locarno, will open in the U.S. and Spain on July 25 and will go into wide release in most other territories after the Locarno premiere.

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The festival previously announced two anticipated indie films — Alex Ross Perry's romantic comedy Listen Up Philip and Joel Potrykus' new drama Buzzard — would screen at the Locarno festival.

The full lineup will be announced July 16.

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