What's a nice Swiss film festival doing in L.A.?
by Katie Walsh
With the blessing of Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian and programmer Mark Peranson, the Locarno in Los Angeles Film Festival was born... It is all a part of the cinephile culture Koehler and Cronk are seeking to establish.
'Hermia & Helena,' 'Rat Film' among the highlights of Locarno in Los Angeles
by Justin Chang
Locarno in Los Angeles, an adventurous sampler of films from the 2016 edition of the festival, represents a hopeful reversal of [the languishing state of independent and foreign-language film distribution in L.A.].
Bridging the Divide: Locarno in Los Angeles Makes Its Debut
by Glenn Heath Jr.
Creates a much-needed space to premiere and discuss category-defying festival films... Locarno in Los Angeles feels like a mandate of sorts in favor of adventurous movie going.
Locarno in Los Angeles: The Swiss Lakeside Festival Visits The Movie Capital of The World
by Marlene von Arx
Cronk and co-artistic director Koehler think it’s time for another attempt to advance the cultural exchange between an international Festival and the capital of the American film industry and they hope that Locarno in Los Angeles will become the annual event for cutting edge discoveries that the city has been waiting for since the seventies.
On “Defending Cinema in Los Angeles,” the Manifesto of Locarno in L.A.
by Vera Mijojlic
Opening night of the inaugural Locarno in Los Angeles film festival at Downtown Independent needs to be recognized for its bold effort to rescue the city from the non-stop, wall-to-wall, suffocating onslaught of ever more commercial glut.
Swiss Film Fest Presents 10 International Cinema Premieres in the World’s Movie Capital
by Ed Rampell
A welcome introduction for Angelenos to the venerable Swiss cinematic extravaganza... As opposed to glitzy Hollywood, big budget studio fare, [Locarno] focuses on international cinema. According to Indiewire critic Michael Nordine, the Locarno Film Festival “is marked by bold, eclectic programming that doesn’t make its way elsewhere as reliably as selections from the likes of Cannes and Sundance.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Charm Offensive in Hollywood
by Gabriela Tscharner Patao
Visitors of Locarno in Los Angeles were mainly composed of industry representatives, filmmakers, and film students. "It is my career goal to be able to present one of my films in Locarno," enthused the Canadian documentary filmmaker Sandra Ignagni, and the Romanian Alice Bardan is looking forward to seeing a film from her homeland. "Romanian films never make it into the cinemas of Los Angeles. I have not even seen Radu Jude's last movie Aferim!, which won a Silver Bear for Best Director two years ago at the Berlinale."
Locarno in Los Angeles: New Festival Will Bring 10 Films from the Vaunted Swiss Fest to L.A. This Spring
by Michael Nordine
“The Locarno team nobly put no restrictions on what we could or couldn’t screen, and it speaks to the breadth and depth of their programming, as well as the still-insufficient state of local distribution and exhibition channels, that we were able to curate such a diverse and invigorating program within the parameters of Acropolis’ focus on Los Angeles premieres and films otherwise unavailable to local audiences without comprising on quality.”