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05 August 2020The Locarno Film Festival could not fail to remember Ennio Morricone, the giant of music for cinema, the first Leopard of honor in the history of the Festival, who passed away a month ago. To him and to his very long work Locarno 2020, which begins today, he will dedicate the night of Friday 7 August with the screening of the long version of 'Once Upon a Time in America' (C'era una volta in America, 1984), by Sergio Leone, a masterpiece in the history of cinema set to music with a masterpiece in the history of music.

The homage to Morricone will then continue during Locarno 2020 thanks to the 'Discuss, discuss' project, an unmissable collection of 20 conversations of the past with great authors of cinema and the arts from 1995 to 2019, from Jean-Luc Godard to John Waters, including the Maestro, Ennio Morricone.

So 'Locarno 2020 - For the Future of Films', the edition of the Locarno Film Festival dedicated to supporting the film industry, begins today. In support of films suspended due to
the lockdown, thanks to the 'The Films After Tomorrow' competition, in support of young authors with the confirmation of the Pardi di oggi competition, but also in support of the cinemas, with the 'Closer to Life' initiative . But if on the one hand Locarno 2020 will point to the future, on the other it will not forget to rediscover its over 70 years of history.

It was 1984, and what would become one of the highest references in the history of cinema, Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in America' was released in theaters. An extraordinary film, a powerful cast, an unforgettable soundtrack. A real original symphony in which Morricone was able to write moments of very high music, making them dialogue with pieces by the Beatles, Gioachino Rossini or George Gershwin. Music that the public of Locarno will be able to relive in a precious restored copy of 251 minutes, Friday 7 August at 20.30 at PalaVideo and Tuesday 11 August, in reply, at 9.30 at PalaCinema 1.

It was 1989 and the Locarno Film Festival assigned its first Leopard of honor to him, Ennio Morricone. A recognition which was followed, 14 years later, by a new meeting between Locarno and the Maestro: an unforgettable meeting, which took place at the Spazio Forum during the focus of the edition dedicated to the relationship between music and cinema.

A conversation that will now be possible to relive, or listen for the first time, thanks to the 'Discuss, discuss' project, curated by Giacomo Hug together with the artistic director Lili Hinstin, whose title mentions the work of another Italian friend of the Festival, Marco Bellocchio (Pardo d'onore 2015) who made his debut in Locarno in 1965 with 'I pugni in pocket' and who four years later signed the homonymous and hilarious short film 'We discuss, we discuss'. A project to take care of the archive with which the Locarno Film Festival wants to offer its audience those moments of encounter and cinema typical of every summer.

From today, August 5th, on the Locarno Film Festival website it will be possible to rediscover, listen and see 20 precious encounters between the public of Locarno with personalities of the arts that have taken place in the last 25 years, such as that with another great cinema who passed away this summer, Michel Little ones.

This is the complete list: Table-ronde Histoire (s) du cinéma: Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rancière, Marie-José Mondzain, Ruth Beckermann, Naum Kleiman (1995), in French. Ennio Morricone (2003), in Italian. Ermanno Olmi and Bud Spencer (2004), in Italian. Susan Sarandon (2005), in English. Architecture: Massimiliano Fuksas and Wim Wenders (2005), in English. We also want roses - What eyes for the words of women: Alina Marazzi, Loredana Rotondo, Ilaria Fraioli, Alia Arasoughly, Vanessa Beecroft (2007), Italian and English. Michel Piccoli (2007), in French. Nanni Moretti (2008), in Italian.

And, again, Manga Impact: Isao Takahata, Michel Ocelot (2009), in French and Japanese. William Friedkin (2009), in English. Alain Tanner (2010), in French. Isabelle Huppert (2011), in French. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2012), in English. Harry Belafonte (2012), in English. Leos Carax (2012), in French. Agnès Varda (2014), in French. Víctor Erice (2014), in Spanish. Lav Diaz (2014), in English. Alejandro Jodorowsky (2016), in French. John Waters (2019), in English.

A year after meeting with Enrico Ghezzi, Utopia Prize in Locarno72, the Locarno Film Festival finds itself out of hours. Things (never) seen ', the well-known and loved cinematographic container aired in Italy on Rai 3 since 1988, of which Ghezzi was the creator and author. On the evenings of 9 and 14 August, the broadcast will welcome the Festival with a special program dedicated to the great auteur cinema.

In addition to the conversations to be rediscovered with Ennio Morricone, Ermanno Olmi, Bud Spencer, Alina Marazzi, Loredana Rotondo, Ilaria Fraioli and Nanni Moretti, Italian cinema in Locarno 2020 will also be 'Germany, zero year' by Roberto Rossellini (1948) and 'Comizi d'amore 'by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1965), the films selected by the Swiss directors Pierre-François Sauter and Anna Luif for the section' A journey through the history of the Festival '.

On the other hand, the 'Secret Screenings' section, the 'Carte blanche' of mysterious projections by Lili Hinstin, which the public will discover only when the lights in the hall are to be discovered. In tomorrow's International Leopards Competition, on the other hand, we will find Liliana Colombo. In fact, the young Italian director takes part in the race to the Pardino d'oro with the short film 'Icemeltland Park', a literally chilling film that tackles, spectacularizing it, the dramatic phenomenon of melting ice.