'Rambow' scores late Locarno slot


MILAN -- "Son of Rambow," the Garth Jennings coming-of-age comedy about two kids from opposing backgrounds who film a sequel to the action movie "Rambo," will screen in the Piazza Grande at the 60th annual Locarno International Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.

"Rambow," a Franco-British co-production from Paramount Vantage, and two of the 10 films that make up "Progetto Alba" -- hourlong documentaries about the ancient Albanian communities in southern Italy -- were both 11th-hour additions to Locarno's program, which was announced Wednesday in Bern, Switzerland.

"This rounds out the program nicely with two very serious films in the documentaries from 'Progestto Alba' and a wonderful comedy in 'Son of Rambow,' " Locarno's second-year artistic director Frederic Maire said in an interview.

Thursday's announcements, from Milan, also added names to the list of personalities expected to appear on Locarno's red carpet, including "Rambow" helmer Jennings, "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman, "The Bourne Ultimatum" helmer Paul Greengrass and Italian poet Dario Fo, who won the Nobel Prize for literature 10 years ago.

Organizers said Wednesday that Anthony Hopkins -- who wrote, directed and stars in the competition film "Slipstream" -- will make the trip to the lakeside Swiss village with co-star Christian Slater.

The Locarno festival is set for Aug. 1-11.