61st Festival del Film Locarno

06.08.2008 to 16.08.2008

The Jury at the Ecumenical Reception, left to right: Astrid Polz Watzenig, Douglas Fahleson, Serge Molla, Alexander Deeg, Sham P. Thomas, Felipe Espinosa Torres

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Black Sea
Die Reise ans Schwarze Meer
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A tightly woven tale concerning Gemma, an aging Italian woman who has recently lost her husband.  With great reluctance she slowly accepts her Romanian migrant caretaker, Angela, into her life. We follow Gemma as Angela helps her to overcome her grief, opening her eyes towards an unknown future.
Set against the economic and political issues reflecting Romania’s integration into the European Union, this is an emotionally satisfying film about tolerance, acceptance, forgiveness, and hope.

Yuri's Day
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"Yuriev Den" tells the story of an opera singer on her journey back to her Russian roots with her son who disappears while they stay in the town of Yuriev.  This event completely changes her life. In her desperate search for her son she becomes a 'mother' to the poor, the sick, and others who are lost.
The film is filled with references to Christian iconography, Russian literature and its film tradition. Its high artistic quality and its symbolic and numerous metaphorical images make this film open and challenging.