The new film by Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, Beckett, will open the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in Piazza Grande on August 4.
“There’s a piece of Locarno in the success story of Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. From the Pardi di domani to the Piazza Grande”, said artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro in a press release. “The Locarno Film Festival as an incubator for talent, a training ground and finally as a launch pad for the most exciting filmmakers of the future. Beckett is a thriller that gives an original and contemporary reboot to the lessons learned from directors such as Sydney Pollack and Alan J. Pakula. An action film with a humanist dimension and intense civil engagement, here underpinned by a magisterial performance from John David Washington. Political commitment and great entertainment are the two main ingredients for a Piazza Grande that aims to surprise audiences and reassert the centrality of film in all its forms.”
Beckett marks a welcome return to the Locarno Film Festival for Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, who screened his short film Diarchia (2010) in the Pardi di domani section. Now, in 2021, the Festival’s opening night feature will be his new thriller, starring John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps and Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander.