Locarno Film Fest Spin-off Event to Honor German Auteur Edgar Reitz

Locarno's Piazza Grande
Locarno's Piazza Grande
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ROME -- Edgar Reitz, the German auteur behind the epic film series Heimat, will be the guest of honor at the sophomore edition of the Locarno Film Festival's springtime spin-off event L'immagine e la parola.

The 81-year-old Reitz, a regular at the Berlin and Venice Film Festivals and protagonist of New German Cinema, is best known for three Heimat television film series, one from each of the last three decades. The 30 episodes -- plus Heimat Fragments: The Women, a stand-alone film -- chronicle many of the changes of the 20th century through an examination of the domestic life of a single German family.

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A new installment, Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht) will have its Swiss premiere in Locarno, at the event.

The word "heimat" means "home" in German.

Reitz follows in the footsteps of Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov, who was the guest of honor at the inaugural edition of L'immagine e la parola, which translates as "The Images and the word." This year's event will take place April 12-15.

"One of the most original and consistent auteurs in world cinema, Edgar Reitz is not only the great chronicler of the German people," said Carlo Chatrian, artistic director for both L'immagine e la parola and the venerable Locarno Film Fest, which will hold its 67th edition in August. "In an era that has seen a tendency to nationalism and separatism, his Heimat series offers an extraordinary prism through which to reflect on the concepts of home and homeland."

The full lineup for L'immagine e la parola will be announced in March.

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