Locarno in
Los Angeles

April 5-8, 2018

The Downtown Independent






Ilian Metev
Bulgaria, Germany

Centerpiece Film

Good Luck

Ben Russell
France, Germany



La telenovela errante

Raúl Ruiz


Damned Summer

Pedro Cabeleira



Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias
Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, Qatar

Dragonfly Eyes

Xu Bing
China, U.S.

Distant Constellation

Shevaun Mizrahi
USA, Turkey, Netherlands


The First Lap

Kim Dae-hwan
South Korea

Le fort des fous

Narimane Mari
France, Qatar, Germany, Algeria

Mrs. Fang

Wang Bing
France, China, Germany


Once There Was Brasilia

Adirley Queirós
Brazil, Portugal


Basma Alsharif
France, Palestine, Belgium, Qatar


Blake Williams
Canada, U.S.


Sweating the Small Stuff

Ninomiya Ryutaro


Wasteland No. 1: Ardent, Verdant

Wasteland No. 1: Ardent, Verdant

Shorts Program

Luis López Carrasco, Spain

Fantasy Sentences
Dane Komljen, Germany, Denmark

Plus Ultra
Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado, Spain

Kazik Radwanski, Canada

Wasteland No. 1: Ardent, Verdant
Jodie Mack, U.S. (Director in Person)

ABout the festival


An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema, the Locarno Festival, and the Swiss Consulate General of Los Angeles, the second Locarno Festival in Los Angeles comes to the Downtown Independent cinema from April 5-8 with an expanded four-day program following a successful first edition in 2017. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, film critic Justin Chang described the festival’s inaugural program as “a jolting antidote to the mid-spring blockbuster blues, as well as a welcome reminder that cinema isn't just a global medium; at times, it can be downright otherworldly.” Curated by Acropolis founder Jordan Cronk and co-artistic director Robert Koehler, the festival's main program is comprised of a hand-selected group of films from the 70th Locarno Festival’s Competition, Signs of Life, and Filmmakers of the Present programs, with fourteen features and five short films, all Los Angeles premieres, representing no less than nineteen different countries. With the generous support of Ascona-Locarno Tourism and Ticino Tourism, the festival will also host a daytime panel discussion featuring representatives from both Acropolis and the Locarno Festival. Along with four evening receptions and an expanded series of in-person events, Locarno in Los Angeles promises to once again bring a tantalizing taste of one of the world’s best film festivals to Los Angeles for a one-of-a-kind event.


Jordan cronk

Founder: Acropolis Cinema
Artistic Director: Locarno in Los Angeles

Jordan Cronk is a film critic and programmer based in Los Angeles. He founded Acropolis Cinema, an itinerant screening series dedicated to experimental, international, and undistributed films in Los Angeles, in January 2016. He’s a regular contributor to Cinema Scope, Film Comment, and Sight & Sound, and writes a monthly column on Los Angeles repertory cinema for the Hollywood Reporter. In addition to his work with Acropolis and Locarno in Los Angeles, Jordan does freelance programming for the American Cinematheque in Hollywood. He served on the inaugural Signs of Life jury at the 70th Locarno Festival.

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Robert Koehler

Co-Artistic Director: Locarno in Los Angeles

Robert Koehler has served as director of programming at the Qingdao International Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, AFI Fest and Festworks, and co-created the ongoing Los Angeles-based film series, “The Films That Got Away”. His criticism and columns on cinema have appeared in numerous publications including Variety, Cinema Scope, Sight & Sound, Indiewire, Cineaste, Film Journey, Film Comment, The Christian Science Monitor, Cahiers du Cinema, L’Espresso, Die Tagezeitung, and Cine21 magazine. Among his published works are chapters in the books Cine Argentino 1999-2009, On Film Festivals from Wildflower Press, American Comedy, published by the San Sebastian Film Festival, and 10 Years with New Danish Screen, published by New Danish Screen/Danish Film Institute. For the renowned international film sales company FiGa Films, he served as manager of the North American territory.

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