The Festival Directors: Olivier Père, Locarno International Film Festival

Exclusive interview with Olivier Père, newly appointed director of the Locarno International Film Festival, who tells us about the challenges that lie ahead for film festivals, cinema and cinephilia. Before getting his hands on Locarno, Olivier Père had been director of the Cannes' Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs) from 2004 to 2009 with films like Lisandro Alonso’s Los Muertos, Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation, Albert Serra’s Honour of the Knights, Bong Joon-ho’s The Host, Miguel Gomes’ Our Beloved Month of August and Pablo Larraín’s Tony Manero featured through his programming. Here, Père shares with us his views about the ‘death’ and transfiguration of cinema, the dangers of populism and elitism and the rising role of festivals in keeping films vital.



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