A few days ago a special project came to the end: Mountains-Loneliness-Desire, a workshop that for over a week allowed fifteen young directors from all over the world to face a master of international cinema, Béla Tarr. The Hungarian filmmaker, special guest of L’immagine e la parola (The Image and the Word), remained in Locarno after the film festival to accompany the children through a challenging undertaking, or rather to conceive and produce a short film (one each) in the space of a few days using the resources that the region had to offer: location, extras, actors and services. Fifteen short films have been made in a "one shot" and will be presented at the 72ndLocarno Film Festival. From the streets of Locarno to Val Bavona, passing through Corippo, Riveo, Arcegno and Cardada, the budding filmmakers chose a variety of places as locations for their films: rivers, farmsteads, restaurant kitchens, terraces, granite quarries, funicular railways, (almost) uninhabited villages, stations, condominium apartments, antique shops, forests.
The indecisive weather did not help the program, initially giving spring temperatures which, after the first days, were followed by rain and snow. But despite the unexpected events, each participant left with his film in his pocket, and with all that Béla Tarr could give him.
The project was made possible thanks to the collaboration between the Locarno Film Festival and CISA, and with the support of the Ticino Film Commission.
We want to thank all those who have lent their services to this experience. The extras, the actors and those who provided the locations. Special thanks go to the Funicolare Locarno-Madonna del Sasso, the Fondazione Verzasca, the bar-restaurant Movie in Locarno, the Pozzi Graniti SA quarry in Riveo, the second-hand shop at Alma di Locarno, the municipalities of Cevio and Corippo, and the Azienda forestale del Patriziato in Losone.
And last but not least, we would like to thank the students who took part in the workshop: Zhannat Alshanova, Ariel Gutiérrez, Valentina Manzoni, Hayk Matevosyan, Giulio Pettenò, Pier Lorenzo Pisano,Grieco Rafael, Dino Longo Sabanovic, Ana Shametaj, Anna Spacio, Alex Takacs, Arthur Theyskens, Salvador Tinajero, George Varsimashvili and Naomi Waring.