Locarno Festival 2017 - Unorthodocs

"Last August, three of the most impressive, innovative documentaries of the year, Eduardo Williams’ The Human Surge, Nele Wohlatz’ El Futuro Perfecto and Theo Anthony’s Rat Film, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. With an even greater focus on nonfiction film for their 70th edition, it’s possible, and…

Locarno Festival 2017 - Once Upon a Time In Brasilia

"Two of the more unique and unpredictable films at this year’s Locarno Film Festival came from one nation, Brazil. In the main competition, Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas’s As Boas Manieras (Good Manners), and in Signs of Life, the festival’s space for more experimental, unclassifiable work, Adirley…

Locarno Festival 2017 - Here For A Good Time, Not A Long Time

"The term “independent film” is vaguer than ever, but film festivals are the best place to look for its evolving definition. While American independent film has developed a unique identity thanks to Sundance and other North American showcases, it takes on a very different profile when these films travel abroad.…