Soggy crowd gathers at Locarno

'Brideshead Revisited' kicks off Swiss festival

LOCARNO, Switzerland -- Rainy skies put a damper on opening night at the 61st Locarno Film Festival on Wednesday, with a sparse, raincoat-wearing crowd braving the weather to enjoy the European premiere of Julian Jarrold's "Brideshead Revisited."

The World War II drama, based on the Evelyn Waugh novel, will not screen later in the festival, making it a rare one-off screening in Locarno.

The soggy premiere at the festival's famed Piazza Grande was Wednesday's only significant event at the storied lakeside Swiss festival, which gets into full stride Thursday with the screening of Marcos Siega's romantic comedy "Chaos Theory." That will be followed by "Berlin Calling," a drama written and directed by Germany's Hannes Stohr. The weather forecast calls for clearer skies for the outdoor venue.

The soggy premiere at the festival's famed Piazza Grande was Wednesday's only significant event at the storied lakeside Swiss festival, which gets into full stride Thursday with the screening of Amos Gitai's holocaust drama "Plus tard tu comprendras" (Later You'll Understand), followed by "Al Massir" (Destiny), a 1997 drama that is part of the festival's tribute to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine. The weather forecast calls for clearer skies for the outdoor venue.

The festival concludes Aug. 16.
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