Locarno 2002

  • Gönül Dönmez-Colin


LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2002 Locarno(1-11 August, 2002) celebrated its 55th anniversary with a selection of films that favoured Europe. The festival, which is somewhat squeezed between Cannes and Venice, seemed to have chosen this year a general policy of showcasing interesting and enjoyable films to its summertime public, rather than engaging in a futile chase of undiscovered talent. Twenty-two films competed for the Golden and Silver Leopards. Two very stimulating films of this section, which incidentally escaped the jury, were the latest work of Gus Van Sant (Drugstore Cowboy, Good Will Hunting, Finding Forester), a visual, contemplative voyage interior called Gerry and Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity, a 'woman's film' to say the least. The story of Gerry, if there is one, involves two young men, both of whom are named Gerry, who go for a walk and get lost. First it seems like a bad joke, but then...