ABout the festival
An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema, the Locarno Festival, and the Swiss Consulate General of Los Angeles, the inaugural edition of Locarno in Los Angeles will run from April 21-23 at the Downtown Independent cinema. 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 69th Locarno Festival’s Competition, Signs of Life, and Filmmakers of the Present programs, with ten features, all Los Angeles premieres, representing no less than nine different countries. Co-organized with the Swiss Consulate General in Los Angeles, the festival will also host two daytime panel discussions featuring a variety of local critics, programmers, and representatives from Acropolis and the Locarno Festival. Along with three evening receptions featuring a selection of Ticino wine and beer, the first Locarno in Los Angeles promises to bring a tantalizing taste of one of the world’s best film festivals to Los Angeles for a one-of-a-kind new event.
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 and undistributed films in Los Angeles, in January 2016. He’s a regular contributor to Cinema Scope, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Reverse Shot, and Film Comment, and writes a monthly column on Los Angeles repertory cinema for the Hollywood Reporter. Jordan’s most recent work includes an essay on Mean Streets (1973), included in the monograph Martin Scorsese: He Is Cinema (2017), published by the Museum of the Moving Image, as well as a chapter on the films of director Cristi Puiu, “Comedy and the Soul of Subjectivity,” due in a forthcoming volume from Palgrave Macmillan.
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.
Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles
Emil Wyss was born in 1954 in Cham, Switzerland. He joined the Foreign Service at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1987 and was initially posted to Prague and London. In 1990, he moved as an Attaché to the Swiss Mission to the United Nations in New York where he additionally obtained a degree in International Studies at New York University. Emil’s next two appointments were at the head office in Bern where he joined Swiss Promotion agency ‘Presence Switzerland’ and the Section for International Organizations at the Political Directorate. After serving for five years as Consul at the Consulate-swissnex Boston, Mr. Wyss started his assignment in 2010 as Swiss Deputy Consul General in Toronto. In 2012 he took over the U.S. Interests Section at the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Wyss was posted to Pakistan as Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi. He assumed his duties as Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles in September 2016.
South East European Film Festival (SEEFest)
Instituto Italiano Di Cultura in Los Angeles
The Honorary Consulate of Montenegro
The Embassy of Serbia
The Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina
German Currents Film Festival
The Consulate Generals of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, the State of Qatar, Germany, Italy, Japan, Romania, and France.