Locarno Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival is the most significant cinematographic event in Switzerland and among the most important in Europe. Numerous are the movies presented in four different sections: Concorso internazionale, Concorso Cineasti del presente and the sections Pardi di domani (national and international). The next edition will be held from 5th to 15th August 2020.

Piazza Grande during the Locarno Festival

The Festival's heart is surely the daily evening projection in the magnificent Piazza Grande, which transforms itself into the "most beautiful movie-theater under the stars".

Black Light was the title of the Retrospective of Locarno72, an overview of international black cinema of the twentieth century, but beyond the already known borders of "black cinema", beyond those assumptions that tell only one black cinema among many. An overall geographical retrospective that touches on countries such as Europe, North America, the Caribbean and South America, but not only, and that calls to itself the directors who have reinterpreted the issue by going beyond the idea of "black" as an identity or social problem. 47 films, 47 different shades of black cinema, from cult authors, to Race movies of the '20s and '30s, to Blaxploitation films of the '70s, to pioneering masterpieces and rare pearls, through direction and faces known, but also less known: Spike Lee, Zózimo Bulbul, Sidney Poitier, Ousmane Sembene, Med Hondo, Pier Paolo Pasolini. The first appointment is with Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee was the first appointment in Piazza Grande, on the occasion of the pre-festival evening offered by Ascona-Locarno.


A meeting point, a village . The Festival’s experience is growing and expanding, with an offer that goes beyond the official Festival’s dates.

Important information for the public tansportations during the festival:

  • By cableway: last course at 00.35. (every 30min from 20.05)
  • Last curses by bus from Locarno (Via della Pace):
    •   towards Muralto-Minusio-Tenero, at 23.41h
    •   towards Solduno-Ascona, at 00.17h
    •   towards Orselina-Brione s/M, at 23.58h
    •   towards Vallemaggia, at 00.14h (Mo-Thu) and 00.33h (Fri, Sa, Su)
    •   towards Brissago, at 01.08h (Fri, Sa)
    •   Every night, about 20 minutes after the two screenings in
    •   Piazza Grande, there is a special PostBus departure to Ascona, Brissago, Bignasco, Orselina, Minusio and Tenero.
  • Last departures by train from Locarno-Stazione:
    •   towards Bellinzona, at 23.35h, 00.05h, 00.35h, 1.35h (Mo-Sa), 03.05 (Fri, Sa)
    •   towards Lugano, at 23.35h, 00.05h (Mo-Sa), 03.05h (Fri, Sa)
    •   towards Chiasso, at 23.35h, 00.05h (Mo-Sa), 1.35h (Mo-Thu), 03.05h (Fri, Sa)
    •   towards Intragna, at 23.07h, 00.07h (Fri,Sa).
  • By boats and busses from Gambarogno: 
    • to Locarno: boats Navigazione Lago Maggiore (cost of the ticket at your own expense)
    • return:
      Departure: 20 minutes after the end of the first screening
      Place: in the immediate vicinity of the building “LA POSTA”, Locarno
      Stops: Quartino, Magadino, Vira, San Nazzaro, Gerra, Ranzo, Dirinella and Contone
      The bus will show the sign “GAMBAROGNO”
      The number of passengers is limited to 75.

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