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Locarno Festival in Los Angeles 2018

Date: April 05-08, 2018

Location: Downtown Independent

Address: 251 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Four days. 19 Los Angeles premieres!

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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