Early competition lineup revealed for Locarno

Films from Daniele Gagliacone, Bruce La Bruce will screen

ROME -- The world premiere of Daniele Gagliacone's drama "Pietro" and Canadian Bruce La Bruce's "L.A. Zombie" are the early highlights of from the international competition lineup at this year's Locarno Film festival, organizers said Wednesday.

"Pietro" is the third full-length feature from Gagliacone, who burst onto the Italian film scene six years ago after winning the award for a first feature in Venice for "Nemmeno il destino" (Changing Destiny). It will be Gagliacone's second appearance in Locarno, following the out of competition screening of his documentary "Rata Nece Biti" (There Will Not Be the War) in 2008.

The international screening of "L.A. Zombie" will represent the first trip to the lakeside Swiss festival for the provocative La Bruce, who is also a noted photographer and underground pornography figure.

The two films are the first from among an estimated 20 that will compete for Locarno's prestigious Pardo d'Oro (Golden leopard) award, which will be selected by an international jury headed by Eric Khoo from Singapore.

The 63rd edition of the Locarno festival is set for Aug. 4-14.