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L’immagine e la parola, 10 – 13 March 2016

The fourth edition of L’immagine e la parola, the spring event of the Festival del film Locarno, is to focus on the vibrant and multi-faceted galaxy of the graphic novel. Guests will include the graphic novelists Blutch, Lorenzo Mattotti and the French actor and director Bruno Podalydès.

The main venues for the event will be the Teatro di Locarno (Kursaal) and the Monte Verità in Ascona.

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Guests of Honour:
Blutch and Lorenzo Mattotti

Blutch is one of the leading creators of graphic novels in France. The artist has established a solid and ongoing relationship to film, having worked with Alain Resnais and directors from the younger generations such as Mathieu Amalric and Bruno Podalydès. His essay Pour en finir avec le Cinéma, described by Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the most important theoretical works about film, is a reflection on the seventh art at the dawn of the 21st century.

In 1984 Lorenzo Mattotti produced Fuochi, which has been translated all over the world, winning several major international awards. Mattotti currently works as an illustrator for leading international magazines, including The New Yorker, Le Monde, Das Magazin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Nouvel Observateur, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica. In 2000 he created the official poster for the Cannes Film Festival, and in 2004 contributed to the film Eros by Michelangelo Antonioni, Wong Kar-wai and Steven Soderbergh, creating the linking segments between the three episodes.

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L'immagine e la parola will open to the sound of music, with the film picked by Blutch, The Wind by Victor Sjöström, with live musical accompaniment by Iokoi, Dadaglobal & Steve Buchanan. The other films chosen by the graphic novelist are: La guerre est finie by Alain Resnais, Comme un avion by Bruno Podalydès and Dramma della gelosia by Ettore Scola. The program will continue with the screenings picked by Lorenzo Mattotti: Light Years Away (Les Années Lumière) by Alain Tanner, Pinocchio by Enzo d’Alò, La pattuglia sperduta by Piero Nelli. To honor both artists there will be a screening of the animated feature Peur(s) du noir. L’immagine e la parola will conclude its program with Werner Herzog’s latest feature film Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.

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This year L'immagine e la parola will also offer two public meetings. Blutch will participate in a conversation with the audience on Friday 11 March at 6 pm, while Lorenzo Mattotti will meet the audience on Saturday 12 March at 6 pm. Both conversations will take place at the Teatro Kursaal.

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Performance Jekyll & Hyde

This year L’immagine e la parola will be further enhaned by a live performance from the book Jekyll & Hyde by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky. The drawings of the artist will be projected on the Theater’s stage in a dialogue with two actors and two musicians.

The performance will take place on Sunday 13 March at the Teatro Kursaal.

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In addition to the screenings and the conversations L’immagine e la parola also offers an opportunity for discussion and reflection with a program held for young European film, illustration and fine arts students or young professionals. The workshops will be led by Blutch and Lorenzo Mattotti.

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· Individual ticket CHF 10
· Four evenings plus theater performance CHF 40

Tickets can be purchased directly at the box office of Teatro Kursaal 45 minutes before the screenings, or from the secretary's office of the Festival del film Locarno from 3 March.

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