'Lesson 21' to be given in Locarno

Directorial debut from writer Alessandro Baricco

ROME -- "Lezione 21" (Lesson 21), the directorial debut from screenwriter Alessandro Baricco, will be among the world premieres at Locarno's famous Piazza Grande this year, the festival said Monday.

The 61st edition of the Locarno event has not yet been announced, but organizers said the dreamlike exploration into the making of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony that stars Noah Taylor and John Hurt will be at the Aug. 6-16 festival in the picturesque Swiss lakeside village.

Production credits on the film are split between Fandango, Potboiler Prods. and RAI Cinema. The date for the screening has not been set.