Press 10 JUL 2017

Two Franco-Belgian world premieres will feature at the Locarno Film Festival

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s much-awaited third feature film, Let the corpses tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres), will be shown in the prestigious setting of the Piazza Grande, while Kapitalistis by Pablo Munoz Gomez has been nominated in the Pardi di domani section dedicated to short films.

During the press conference of the 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival held on 12 July, artistic director Carlo Chatrian announced the selection of two French-speaking Belgian films: Let the corpses tan by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani will be screened at midnight on the Piazza Grande on 4 August, and the short film Kapitalistis by Pablo Munoz Gomez will be shown on 8 August.

Renowned for its artistic standards and love of strong-willed authors, the Locarno Film Festival has already shown interest in the unparalleled cinema of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, who competed in 2013 with their previous film The strange coulours of your body’s tears, which, together with their first feature film Amer, rounds up a feminine-masculine giallo diptych about desire.

This is a change of scenery from Let the corpses tan, a free and loose adaptation of the eponymous 1971 novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid, which should delight the 8000 people expected at the Piazza Grande.

The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun....and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately, some surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan: the heavenly place where wild happenings and orgies used to take place turns into a gruesome battlefield....Relentless and mind-blowing.

Cast: Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Michelangelo Marchese, Marc Barbé, Marine Sainsily, Hervé Sogne, Pierre Nisse, Aline Stevens, Dorylia Calmel, Dominique Troyes and Bamba Forzani Ndiaye.

Produced once again by the duo Eve Commenge - Anonymes Films (Belgium) - and François Cognard - Tobina Film (France) - the film received support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Canal+, Ciné+, BeTV, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, the Belgian Tax Shelter, Wallonia and the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, the Collectivité Territoriale de Corse and the Corsica Pôle Tournages, and the Pays de la Loire Region in partnership with the French National Centre for Cinema (CNC). 

Let the corpses tan is distributed internationally by Bac Films. It will be released on 18 October in France (Shellac Distribution). There is no date yet for the Belgian release.

Meanwhile, the Pardi di domani competition will feature Kapitalistis by Pablo Munoz Gomez. This light-hearted fable teaches us from the mouth of 5-year-old Nikos that “Santa is a capitalist. He brings toys to the rich kids and sweat shirts to the poor ones.” The film is produced by Roue Libre production and Origine Films. 

This internationally-renowned section has also unveiled the first short films by Joachim Lafosse, Olivier Masset-Depasse and David Lambert.

The Locarno Film Festival is an annual festival dedicated to arthouse films held in the Swiss Italian city of Locarno every August. The festival is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as one of 13 competitive film festivals, along with those in Cannes, Venice and Berlin. Held since 1946, it is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. Created with the goal of discovering new trends, the Locarno Film Festival is often the first to recognise the genius of young directors who later became leaders of their generations, including Claude Chabrol, Paul Verhoeven, Raúl Ruiz, Jim Jarmusch, Gus van Sant and Stanley Kubrick.

The Locarno Film Festival’s main feature is that it screens films outdoors in the prestigious Piazza Grande, which can accommodate 8000 people.