Nanni Moretti programs Locarno sidebar

'Riff-Raff,' 'Rain People,' 'Recognizing Your Saints' to screen

ROME -- Ken Loach's "Riff-Raff" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rain People" are among the highlights of a handpicked sidebar selected by Italian auteur Nanni Moretti for this year's Locarno Film Festival.

The Aug. 6-16 event organizers gave Moretti, who currently serves as director of the Turin Film Festival, a free hand in selecting two sections.

The first will feature the director's favorite films shown at Rome's Nuovo Sacher, the cinema he owns; the second section will highlight films from the 1960s, when he was growing up.

Loach's 1991 "Riff-Raff" was the first film shown at the Nuovo Sacher. That section also will include "The Embalmer," from "Gomorra" director Matteo Garrone, and Dito Montiel's coming-of-age drama "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints."

The second group includes 1969's "The Rain People," along with "La Ricotta" from Pier Paolo Pasolini and Milos Forman's "The Loves of a Blonde."

Moretti, the subject of his own retrospective at Locarno, will be at the festival to discuss some of the films with audience members.