Locarno Film Festival tweaks lineup
Event adds film and jury memberGENEVA, Switzerland -- Francois Rotger's "Story of Jen," a French-Canadian production, has been added to the main competition at the 61st Locarno Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.
The world premiere of the film -- the story of a 16-year-old girl, her widowed mother and the mother's new boyfriend -- will push the total number of productions challenging for Locarno's prestigious Golden Leopard prize to 18.
The movie is the second feature-length effort from Rotger, whose first feature, "The Passenger," premiered in Locarno in 2005.
Locarno made two more key additions Tuesday: the Filmmakers of the Present sidebar will also expand to 18 titles with the addition of Sean Baker's "Prince of Broadway" an immigrant drama set in New York and Israeli actor Liron Levo will join the seven-member main competition jury.
Both "Story of Jen" and "Prince of Broadway" have been added to the Locarno schedule for August 14, near the end of the August 6-16 event.