‘Beckett’ to Open 2022 Locarno Movie Pageant

The Locarno Movie Pageant will open up this year’s 74th version on Aug. 4 with the environment premiere of Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino’s hottest thriller “Beckett,” starring John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps and Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander.

Just after the film’s Locarno premiere, Netflix will launch the film around the globe on Aug. 13.

“Beckett’s” presence marks a return to the Swiss competition for Cito Filomarino, whose 2010 element “Diarchia” played in the Pardi di domani part.

It also stands out as the festival’s long-awaited return to the legendary Piazza Grande, Locarno’s central square which is house to screenings of its most important and most viewers-friendly films.

The Piazza Grande is also the festival’s premier opposition place, as each individual day after each screening — exceptions becoming short movies and functions in the Histoire(s) du cinéma and Retrospettiva sections — audiences vote for their most loved movie utilizing the devoted competition application. At the conclude of the festival, the most popular movie wins the UBS Audience Award, a person of the most prestigious awards up for grabs.

“Beckett” is produced by Cito Filomarino’s colleague Luca Guadagnino — the two labored jointly on the Oscar-nominated “Call Me by Your Name” — and follows American tourist Beckett (David Washington) on a trip to Greece, where by he is pressured to run for his life just after a tragic vehicle incident drops him in the center of a political conspiracy. His only hope of survival is crossing the nation and achieving the American embassy prior to his pursuers are equipped to capture up with him.

“There’s a piece of Locarno in the accomplishment tale of Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. From the Pardi di domani to the Piazza Grande, the Locarno Film Festival is an incubator for talent, a teaching ground and at last as a start pad for the most remarkable filmmakers of the long term,” stated inventive director Giona A. Nazzaro in a launch accompanying the announcement.

“’Beckett’ is a thriller that offers an first and modern reboot to the lessons acquired from administrators this sort of as Sydney Pollack and Alan J. Pakula,” he went on. “An motion movie with a humanist dimension and intensive civil engagement, listed here underpinned by a magisterial performance from John David Washington. Political determination and great entertainment are the two most important components for a Piazza Grande that aims to surprise audiences and reassert the centrality of cinema in all its forms.”

This year’s 74th Locarno Film Festival will operate Aug. 4-14 and is committed to full compliance with official health and fitness and sanitation finest tactics.