19 Countries Represented In Event Featuring Discussion Panel & Nightly Receptions
The second annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles takes place at the Downtown Independent cinema from April 5-8 with an expanded four-day program following a successful first edition in 2017.
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 short films, all Los Angeles premieres, representing 19 different countries.
With the support of Ascona-Locarno Tourism and Ticino Tourism, the festival also hosts a daytime panel discussion featuring representatives from both Acropolis and the Locarno Festival. Along with four evening receptions and an expanded series of in-person events.
Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang described the festival’s inaugural event 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.”
Tickets can be purchased individually for each film for $12 or there are two packages: the Silver Leopard Guess Pass which includes seven films, the April 7 panel discussion and all four evening receptions with “refreshments” for $60; and the Golden Leopard Guest Pass with admission to 15 films, the panel and evening receptions for $125.
A list and rundown of the films as well as advance ticket purchases are available on the event’s website, locarnoinlosangeles.com.