Locarno bringing helmers Back


MILAN -- The Locarno Film Festival on Monday announced the creation of Back in Locarno, an initiative that will give directors who got their start at the 60-year-old event a chance to come back and host a retrospective based on their original film.

Helmers making the trip to the lakeside Swiss village this year include Italy's Marco Bellocchio with "I Pugni in Tasca" and Hungarian director Istvan Szabo with "Almodozasok Kora" -- both of which took home Locarno's Silver Sail prize in 1965.

Also on tap are 1969 Golden Leopard winner Raul Ruiz ("Tres Tristes Tigres), 1980 Golden Leopard winner Marco Tullio Giordana ("Maledetti vi Amero"), and Catherine Breillat, a Golden Leopard nominee in 1988 for "36 Fillette."

The Locarno festival focuses on emerging directors and has prominently featured early films from such directors as Roberto Rossellini, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Verhoeven, Lucian Pintilie, Alain Tanner, Edward Yang, Alexandr Sokurov, Abbas Kiarostami and Spike Lee.

This year's festival is scheduled for Aug. 1-11.