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Locarno in Los Angeles 2018

April 5 - April 8, 2018

Locarno in Los Angeles 2018

Four days. 19 Los Angeles premieres!






Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema, the Locarno  Festival, and the Swiss Consulate General of Los Angeles, the second Locarno Festival in Los Angeles comes to the Downtown Independent cinema from April 5-8 with an  expanded four-day program following a successful first edition in 2017.  Writing for the Los Angeles Times, film critic Justin Chang described  the festival’s inaugural program as “a jolting antidote to the  mid-spring blockbuster blues, as well as a welcome reminder that cinema  isn't just a global medium; at times, it can be downright otherworldly.”  Curated by Acropolis founder Jordan Cronk and co-artistic director  Robert Koehler, the festival's main program is comprised of a  hand-selected group of films from the 70th Locarno Festival’s  Competition, Signs of Life, and Filmmakers of the Present programs, with  fourteen features and five shorts, all Los Angeles premieres,  representing no less than nineteen different countries. With the  generous support of Ascona-Locarno Tourism and Ticino Tourism, the  festival will also host a daytime panel discussion featuring a variety  of local critics, programmers, and representatives from Acropolis and  the Locarno Festival. Along with four evening receptions and expanded  series of in-person events, Locarno in Los Angeles promises to once  again bring a tantalizing taste of one of the world’s best film  festivals to Los Angeles for a one-of-a-kind event.

Marked by bold, eclectic programming.

Michael Nordine, Indiewire

[An] annual event for cutting edge discoveries that the city has been waiting for since the seventies.

- Marlene von Arx, Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Locarno  in Los Angeles represents a hopeful reversal of the languishing state  of independent and foreign-language film distribution in L.A..

- Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

Locarno  in Los Angeles needs to be recognized for its bold effort to rescue the  city from the non-stop, wall-to-wall, suffocating onslaught of ever  more commercial glut.

- Vera Mijojlic, SEEFest

Creates  a much-needed space to premiere and discuss category-defying festival  films... Locarno in Los Angeles feels like a mandate of sorts in favor  of adventurous movie going.

- Glenn Heath Jr, MUBI Notebook

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