Locarno Springtime Spinoff Event 'Images and Words' Unveils Program

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Edgar Reitz

The April 12-15 event will honor Germany's Edgar Reitz and pay homage to French cinema pioneer Marcel L'Herbier with a screening accompanied by a live orchestra.

ROME -- The sophomore edition of the Locarno Film Festival's springtime L'immagine e la parola (Images and Words) event will honor German director Edgar Reitz in a program featuring innovative directors and screenwriters and a tribute to one of the earliest French avant-garde directors.

Italian director Mario Martone, whose films have screened in competition in Cannes and Venice, will also be honored at the April 12-15 event, held in the same scenic lakeside Swiss town best known for the 67-year-old Locarno Film Festival.

Other highlights include a screening of 1924 classic The Inhuman Woman (L'Inhumaine) from French cinema pioneer Marcel L'Herbier. The film will be accompanied by live music from a 10-piece orchestra conducted by acclaimed Swiss conductor Simon Berz.

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On tap, a screening of Lev Atamanov's animated classic The Snow Queen, based on the same Hans Christian Andersen story behind Disney's Frozen. Also, Italian writer Maurizio Braucci -- whose screenwriting credits include Matteo Garone's Cannes jury prize winners Gomorra and Reality -- will give a lecture on creative writing.

Reitz and Martone will attend the event, which focuses on interactions with festivalgoers and educational initiatives. Reitz will discuss his epic Heimat saga -- the latest film in the series, Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht), will have its Swiss premiere at the event -- while Martone and partner and playwright Ippolita di Majo will discuss the works of 19th century Italian poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi. Martone will also introduce a screening of his 1995 thriller Nasty Love (L'amore molesto), which screened in competition in Cannes in 1995.

L'immagine e la parola was launched last year as a spinoff from the Locarno Film Festival, which will hold its 67th edition August 6-16. The spinoff event is run by Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian and coordinated by Carmen Werner and Daniela Persico.

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