'Brideshead Revisited' opening Locarno

Competition comprises 17 world or int’l premieres

ROME -- Julian Jarrold's "Brideshead Revisited" will open the 61st Locarno Film Festival, highlighting a lineup that will see nearly two dozen world premieres screen in the festival's historic Piazza Grande or in the main competition.

"Brideshead" -- a European premiere -- is a World War II drama based on the Evelyn Waugh novel and starring Matthew Goode as Capt. Charles Ryder. It screens Aug. 6.

The world premiere of Solveig Anspach's Franco-Icelandic comedy "Back Soon" will close the lakeside festival Aug. 16.

In between, the Piazza Grande lineup will unspool Marco Siega's comedic drama "Chaos Theory," Clark Gregg's comedy "Choke," Denis Rabaglia's romantic drama "Marcello, Marcello" and Garth Jennings' "Son of Rambow," which was scheduled to screen in Locarno in 2007 but pulled because of a legal dispute.

The Piazza Grande selection continues the trend of accessible fare screening in Europe's largest outdoor cinema venue under third-year artistic director Frederic Maire, as opposed to the more weighty and cerebral productions that screened there in the past.

The 17-film international competition lineup, meanwhile, is made up entirely of world and international premieres.

The complete competition lineup follows:

Piazza Grande

"Back Soon," Solveig Anspach, Iceland/France
"Berlin Calling," Hannes Stoehr, Germany
"Brideshead Revisited," Julian Jarrold, U.K.
"Chaos Theory," Marcos Siega, U.S.
"Choke," Clark Gregg, U.S.
"In 3 Tagen Bist Du Tot 2," Andreas Prochaska, Austria
"Khamsa," Karim Dridi, France
"La Fille De Monaco," Anne Fontaine, France
"Lesson 21," Alessandro Baricco, Italy/U.K.
"Marcello Marcello," Denis Rabaglia, Switzerland/Germany
"Retouches," Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland/Canada
"Night and the City," Jules Dassin, U.K.
"Nordwand," Philipp Stolzl, Germany/Austria/Switzerland
"Outlander," Howard McCain, U.S.
"Palombella Rossa," Nanni Moretti, Italy/France
"Plus Tard Tu Comprendras," Amos Gitai, France/ Germany
"Son of Rambow," Garth Jennings, U.K. /France
"The Eternity Man," Julien Temple, Australia/U.K.
"I Know," Jan Cvitkovic, Slovenia/Hungary

International competition

"33 Scenes From Life," Malgorzata Szumowska, Germany/Poland
"Daytime Drinking," NOH Young-seok, South Korea
"Dioses," Josue Mendez, Peru/Argentine/Germany /France
"Elle Veut Le Chaos," Denis Cote, Canada
"Katia's Sister," Mijke de Jong, Netherlands
"Kisses," Lance Daly, Ireland/Sweden
"Feast of Villains," Pan Jian Lin, Chine
"Mar Nero," Federico Bondi, Italy/Romania/France
"March," Klaus Handl, Austria
"Nulle Part Terre Promise," Emmanuel Finkiel, France
"Parque Via," Enrique Rivero, Mexico
"Sleep Furiously," Gideon Koppel, U.K.
"Autumn," Ozcan Alper, Turkey/Germany
"The Market -- A Tale of Trade," Ben Hopkins, Germany/U.K./Turkey/Kazakhstan
"Um Amor de Perdicao," Mario Barroso, Portugal/Brazil
"Un Autre Homme," Lionel Baier, Switzerland
"Yuri's Day," Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia/Germany