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The Auteurs Daily: Locarno and Other Fests and Events

 

The Auteurs Daily

She, A Chinese

The 62nd Locarno International Film Festival has wrapped tonight with its awards ceremony and the world premiere of Byambasuren Davaa's The Two Horses of Genghis Khan. But the news of the evening would be that two films have picked up two awardsAlexei Mizgirev's Buben, Baraban (Special Jury Prize and Best Director) and Urszula Antoniak's Nothing Personal (Best First Feature and Best Actress for Lotte Verbeek) - and of course, the Golden Leopard. Dan Fainaru has reviewed the winner for Screen, which has gathered all its news and reviews from the festival right here. Fainaru:

"Far removed from the complex multi-level narrative of her debut How is Your Fish Today, Xiaolu Guo's new feature looks and feels more like a sketch for a novel than a proper film. Evidently made on a low budget, She, A Chinese is divided into a lengthy list of chapters detailing the journey of a stubborn, enigmatic Chinese girl from the monotony of a miserable small village not far from Chongqing to the banks of the river Thames."

Meantime, Wendy Ide sends a brief report from the Sarajevo Film Festival (on through Thursday) into Little White Lies.

In other fests-and-events news, BAMcinématek's series The Films of Hirokazu Kore-eda opens Friday and runs through September 1. Dennis Lim talks with the director for the New York Times.

A Nagisa Oshima season is on at BFI Southbank in London from August 28 through September 25; in the Guardian, Emilie Bickerton writes, "Oshima's oeuvre is impressive on the grounds of reinvention and productivity alone. But the BFI's retrospective also allows one to draw out a number of threads binding the whole together."

More fine clicking: Ray Kurzweil in SciencePunk on "the apocalyptic world that 9 wakes up to"; Kristin Thompson: "Your tax dollars at work for Michael Bay"; the Siren wraps her series on books that've impacted her; and Nathan Lee picks his top ten Criterion releases.

Follow @theauteursdaily for more news and tips throughout the day.

Image: She, A Chinese.

 

Updates, 16/8: "It is perhaps not too much of a challenge to wax on rhapsodically about the many seductive charms of the town of Locarno, perched as it is on the northern shores of Lake Maggiore, right at the foot of the Alps in Southern Switzerland." A dispatch from Christian Gaines to indieWIRE.

Derek Elley was Variety's one man in Locarno. His reviews: Men on the Bridge, Hana, dul, sed..., Frontier Blues, Where Are You?, Saviors in the Night and Marching Band.

 

Updates, 17/8: Ronald Bergan sends a report from Locarno into GreenCine Daily.

Derek Elley finds that She, A Chinese "recycles ethnic/character stereotypes and platitudes to dull, uninvolving effect." More reviews from Locarno: Nothing Personal, Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, Will You Marry Us? and Ivul.

 

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