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Jason Schwartzman’s ‘Listen Up Philip’ to screen at 67th Locarno Film Festival

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MUMBAI: The 67th Festival del film Locarno, which will be held from 6 to 16 August, will see the return of two directors launched at Locarno with their latest work.

The Concorso Internazionale will host the international premi?re of Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip, an unusual kind of diary of a young writer dealing with a creative crisis and an unsettled love life. In addition to confirming the talent of the filmmaker, who featured in the Concorso Cineasti del presente in 2011 with The Color Wheel, the film is enhanced by an exceptional cast, with a stand-out performances by Jason Schwartzman in the lead role and Jonathan Pryce, who plays a disillusioned elderly writer. Both actors will be attending the festival.

The Concorso Cineasti del Presente, the section dedicated to first and second films, will feature Buzzard, a second feature by Joel Potrykus, who won the Best New Director in 2012 for Ape. The film mines a similar vein to the earlier work, charting the inner torments of a young man working as a temp in a bank, once again played by Joshua Burge.

The Festival’s Artistic Director, Carlo Chatrian, said in a statement: The films of Alex Ross Perry and Joel Potrykus are among the most interesting of the recent crop of production. Two films that in their own way, create a world in which the auteur’s voice attains a universal resonance. I am sure Potrykus’s surreal comedy and Perry’s maturity of expression will fascinate the Locarno audience, continuing the Festival’s long-standing relationship with the USA.

The complete line-up for the 67th Festival del film Locarno will be announced on 16 July.

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