Patagonia / Director Simone Bozzelli
76 Locarno Film Festival
August 2–12, 2023
Locarno Film Festival
Locarno, Switzerland

The passion for movies will light up Locarno, turning the Swiss city into the capital of the Seventh Art. The 76th edition of the Locarno Film Festival is set to be as bold and vibrant as ever, with a program that will see cinema engaged in conversation with both its history and its future, and with other forms of art and communication.

Alongside the official selection, British actor Riz Ahmed was named the recipient of the Excellence Award Davide Campari, which will be awarded on the opening night, August 2nd.

Giona A. Nazzaro, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival: “Ahmed is a brilliant and versatile talent in cinema today. Chameleon-like, he can move from blockbuster to auteur movies, equally at ease on stage or TV, rapping with a mic or intervening as executive producer. Already with one Academy Award under his belt, not to mention a pile of other prizes, he is the embodiment of a kind of cinema that is becoming better, more receptive, finally able to listen to new voices. Riz Ahmed is the face of a future finally becoming possible.”

Ahmed joins a long list of prestigious prize winners already announced for the 76th edition: Harmony Korine for the Pardo d’onore Manor, Pietro Scalia for the Vision Award Ticinomoda, Luc Jacquet for the Locarno Kids Award la Mobiliare, Marianne Slot for the Raimondo Rezzonico Award, Tsai Ming-liang for the Pardo alla carriera Ascona-Locarno Tourism and Renzo Rossellini as winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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