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Lucaria Martel’s ‘Chocobar’ in the Locarno Lineup of Work-in-Progress – Variety

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Thanks to the work-in-progress lineup published by the Lacarno Film Festival, new works by prominent outsiders Lucresia Martel, Lav Diaz, Lisandro Alonso and Wang Bing.

Canceled Swiss Fest, dedicated to indie cinema, announced 20 titles on Thursday, cutting off the initiative of its fancy The Films After Tomorrow, which will force filmmakers to stop working due to a global epidemic. 10 of them are international and 10 are from Switzerland. August 15 will still be awarded by a jury of undecided filmmakers.

“Our role is to act as a link between film, art and the audience and so (when Lacarnano was canceled due to coronavirus concern) we looked at alternative ways of conducting that mission, evaluating where our intervention might be most effective here. , ”Licorno artistic director Lily Heinstein said in a Zoom presentation during Cannes Virtual Market. He said a total of 545 projects were submitted from 101 countries.

Lucresia Martel, whose credits include “The Headless Woman” and “Dress”, will compete for the Parco 2020 prize of $ 1,000 Swiss francs ($ 2,000) with “Chocobar”, the first non-fiction film from Argentina Outur. A “hybrid, creative documentary” about the murder of indigenous activist Xavier Chocobar by a white landowner as described.

“After a decade of research,” Chocobar “was at an early stage of production when it was disrupted” as a result of the coronavirus crisis, “according to the contents of the Locarno Press.

Lav Diaz continues with “Wave the Waves or Gavin”, his latest film, which stopped his shooting in the face of various obstacles: “first a volcanic eruption, and now a coronavirus,” the Lokarano statement said. “Regardless, the Filipino principal has been forced to move forward with this story of revenge, as the Philippines asks urgent questions while confusing itself.”

Wang Bing (“Dead Souls”) cuts with “I Come from Ikotun”, which shows the problematic process of integrating African immigrants in Guangzhou and immigrants hoping for a better future for their relatives in Nigeria. “The documentary is being shot on both continents before the lockdown is stopped.”

Lisandro Alonso, whose latest film is “Jouza” with Vigo Mortensen, and whose other works include “La Libertadad,” “Los Murtos,” “Fantasma,” and “Liverpool” – all of which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, are from Finland. With a bait of cast and crew from countries as far as Spain when he was first operating out of original Argentina, racing with “Eureka”, when COVID-19 came to his western shooting in Portugal. The film explores “connections between different cultures living on the same land over time” according to the festival summary.

Following yesterday’s lineup, Locarno’s The Films has six other international projects:

“Seeded; Campo” by Juliana Rojas (Brazil)
Juliana Rojas was ready to shoot “Seeded; Campo” on May 29 when COVID-19 added to Brazil’s political tensions and forced her to back down. Juliana’s new project has established a parallel between the two social and historical Brazilian lifestyles through strong female characters, creating an environment at the edge of imagination and reality.

“The Human Corporis Fabrica” ​​(The Fabric of the Human Body), by Verena Paravel and Lucian Cassetting-Taylor (France / USA)
In March, the lockdown shattered many years of hard work by Verena Paravel and Lucian Casting-Taylor, filmmakers, anthropologists and the makers of “Leviathan”, which premiered in 2012 in Locarno. Their new movie focuses on five hospitals in the vicinity of northern Paris, the latest medical imaging technology to draw a triple portrait of the human body, the medical profession and the French capital.

Helena Whitman (Germany / France) writes “The human flower of the body”
Following her “drift” that critics of Venice Fest began last week, Helena Whitman’s second feature is set in the Mediterranean. The heroine was traveling from Marseille to a contemporary Odyssey via CD-Bell-Abs from the French foreign army, which at once became political and sensitive.

“Nowhere,” by Miko Revereza (Philippines / Mexico / United States)
Artist-filmmaker Miko Revereza returned to the Philippines last summer after spending most of his life as an unregistered immigrant to the United States. Having been hindered in the early stages of editing, his second feature film will shed personal light on his own ideas as he traces his roots to a country marked by an uncertain future.

“Petite Solange” (Little Solange) by Axel Rupert (France)
Among other comedians, Axel Rupert (“La Prunel de Mess Juix”) was in the middle of shooting this emotionally substantial study of a girl facing a divorce from her parents when filming was suspended. The situation is especially urgent because his young star is in the age of rapid physical change.

“Selvazaria” (Savagery) by Miguel Gomez (Portugal / France / Brazil / China / Greece)
A fictionalized text of Brazilian literature in the fictional vision of filmmaker Miguel Gomes, “Rebellion in the Backwards”, brings to the screen the Euclid’s Cunar account of the 1897 war between the Brazilian army and the original inhabitants of Canada. The epic movie faced major obstacles due to the complex political situation in Brazil, with a protracted pre-production episode involving the historical reorganization of the village and close collaboration with Canadian descendants. Production is currently suspended due to epidemics.

All signals from the contents of the Locarno press. For a list of Swiss films after tomorrow’s projects, visit:

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