Status: Closed

World Cinema and the European Film Festival

La Napoule, France; Locarno, Switzerland

Arrive Date: July 19, 2016   End Date: August 16, 2016

Program Overview

Starting on the French Riviera near Cannes, this program examines contemporary cinema by considering the role of film festivals in producing and distributing films around the world. While studying film festivals and their history, the highlight of our time will be attending the Locarno Film Festival, set in the lovely lake region of southern Switzerland/northern Italy (near Lake Como and Milan). Perched between Cannes (in the spring) and Venice (in the fall), Locarno is the most important festival of the summer. Students will have a full pass to the festival and much of the writing and learning in the program will concern the films at the festival. The class will consider the relationship between conventional national filmmaking and the transnational film festival as well as the relationship between Hollywood film and more independent/smaller scale productions around the world. We will examine a series of contemporary filmmakers whose reputations were established at film festivals, including Pedro Almodovar (Talk to Her), Michael Haneke (Funny Games), Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love) and Lars von Trier (Dogville).

Instructor:  Jaimey Fisher

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  26

Program Coordinator:  Greg Gundersen

Info Session Presentation


Film Studies 125. Topics in Film Genres (4)

Film Studies 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Attend, as a full participant, an entire A-level film festival in the Italian-Swiss Lake region (near lake Como/Bellagio/Milan).
  • Stay and study on the French Riviera, at a Château right on the Mediterranean, with beaches on either side of it.
  • Location on Mediterranean offers easy access to Cannes, Nice, and other cities on the Riviera.
  • Tour sites associated with the world’s most famous film festivalthe Cannes film festival.
  • Accommodations in Locarnoeasy walking distance from film-festival venues.
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