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Mexico, Elvis’s granddaughter and Kylie feature at Locarno

One of a wave of Mexican films takes pride of place at the Locarno Film Festival on Thursday while Elvis Presley's granddaughter shines on the silver screen.

"Los Mejores Temas" (Greatest Hits), directed by Nicolas Pereda, depicts a mother-son relationship thrown into turmoil by the arrival of an estranged father.

Although he is only 30, Pereda has made six films to date, many on the same theme. His film is one of seven Mexican features being shown at the festival as part of an initiative to focus on a different country each year at Locarno.

"It is the fourth time that I am filming about relations between mother (and son), it is an actual theme in Mexico, where a lot af families live without father, I think I have said every thing now about it," Pereda told reporters in Locarno.

"Los Mejores Temas" is in competition with 17 other features for the Golden Leopard, the festival's main prize.

These include the US film "Jack and Diana", which charts the violent passions of young love.

Directed by Bradley Rust Gray, the film explores a chance meeting in New York by tomboy Jack (Riley Keough) and Diana (Juno Temple), with bloody horror
scenes to represent the agonies endured by the two teenagers.

Moviegoers can see for themselves how Elvis Presley's granddaughter Keough – whose parents are Lisa-Marie Presley and Danny Keough – copes with the
experience.

"It is the story of a young love, not a film about homosexuality," said Gray.

"I wanted to try to make the audience feel how you feel when you are in love," he added.

The film's other revelation is a performance by former soap-star turned pop icon Kylie Minogue, who plays a gay tattoo artist.

"I was informed by her manager that Kyle Minogue wanted to work in an independent film, I met her in Brooklyn," said Gray.

"It is a character for a woman without make-up, not like Kylie, she did it well."

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‘Switzerlanders’: New film sheds light on ‘ordinary’ Swiss people

A new ‘reality’ film shows footage of how ‘ordinary’ people in Switzerland spent one summer day in 2019.

'Switzerlanders': New film sheds light on 'ordinary' Swiss people
A 'schwingen' competition is one of the scenes in the new movie. Photo by VALERIANO DI DOMENICO / AFP

“The largest collaborative Swiss film project of all time”, according to 20 Minuten newspaper was inspired by the 2011 documentary “Life in a Day”, produced by the English filmmaker Ridley Scott .

The newspaper, which helped get the project off the ground along with several other Swiss companies, described the movie as a “cross-section of our homeland from different perspectives, not only positive, but 100 percent real. Together they create an exceptional cinematic mosaic”.

As its title suggests, ‘Switzerlanders’, which was released last week, is based on tens of thousands of submissions its producers received from people from all over Switzerland, totaling 1,400 hours of collected video material.

The 80-minute film shows what people from different walks of life did on the first day of summer — June 21st — in 2019.

 

For instance, the movie shows a shepherd tending his flock in the mountains, a soldier talking about target practice, a glaciologist exploring the shrinking snow mass, a competition of ‘Schwingen’ — Swiss wrestling — young people at a climate change demonstration, and many others.

The stories recounted by the film’s protagonists are both positive and negative, reflecting their personal experiences on that particular day.

As cinemas are still closed in Switzerland and will not re-open until June 8th, ‘Switzerlanders’ is available for streaming in German, French, and Italian from iTunes, Teleclub, Sky, UPC, or Myfilm.ch  

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