The Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland kicked off with a homage to the magic of Fellini. One of his favourite muses, Magali Noel, took to the stage once again.
The festival turns the spotlight on people who write and direct their own films. This year, despite disappointing weather, stars who attended included Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, and Olivia Wilde.
Olivier Père, the event’s artistic director, said: “For months, we’ve been working to invite these artists to the festival but it’s also a question of desire, of admiration for certain film-makers, actors, and we want to honour them and celebrate their work here in Locarno.”
US producer Mike Medavoy has worked on more than 300 feature films over his 40-year career in film-making and helped many new directors find their feet in the industry. His most recent smash hit was ‘Black Swan’.
‘Super 8’, directed by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, was screened at the official opening of the festival. Other films shown included ‘The Loneliest Planet’ which was directed by Julia Loktev and ‘Smugglers’ Songs’ directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche.