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Shaken, not stirred at Locarno film festival

Fans of dead-pan humour, sci-fi and thriller films are likely to get their money’s worth at this year’s Locarno film festival, which opens on August 3.

Nearly 180 feature movies and documentaries, including a retrospective of Vincente Minnelli, master of the Hollywood musical and melodrama, will be shown over ten days.

Other major names on the popular Piazza Grande open-air screen include Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.

Two Swiss productions are in competition for the Golden Leopard award.

Presenting the line-up in Bern on Wednesday, the organisers of Switzerland’s most prestigious film festival said they remained committed to promoting independent cinema for enthusiasts and a mainstream audience.

Among the special guests expected in Locarno this year are actors Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) and Daniel Craig (James Bond) as well as Italian star Claudia Cardinale and Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto. and agencies

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