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World Cinema and the European Film Festival

La Napoule & Cannes, France; Locarno, Switzerland

Arrive Date: July 16, 2018   End Date: August 14, 2018

Program Overview

Starting on the French Riviera near Cannes, this program examines contemporary cinema by considering how film festivals help in producing and distributing films around the world. The highlight of our time will be the Locarno Film Festival, set in the lovely lake region of southern Switzerland/northern Italy (near Lake Como and Milan). Perched between Cannes (in spring) and Venice (in fall), Locarno is the most important summer festival. Students have a full festival pass and much of our work concerns the films at the festival. The class considers the relationship between national filmmaking and transnational festivals as well as that between Hollywood and independent/smaller productions. We examine a series of contemporary filmmakers who established themselves at film festivals (Wong, Haneke, Dolan et al.).

$2340 Award for Pell Grant recipients

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  26

Program Coordinator:  Greg Gundersen


Film Studies (FMS) 125. Topics in Film Genres (4 units)

Film Studies (FMS) 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 in one of the most beautiful summer resort areas in the world (French Riviera)
  • Tour sites associated with the one of the world’s most famous film festival, the Cannes film festival, as well as Nice and Monaco.
  • Accommodations in Locarnoeasy walking distance from film-festival venues.
  • Visit Swiss mountain peaks, take a ferry on Swiss mountain lake, visit Switzerland’s third largest banking city, Lugano, and Milan, one of Italy’s biggest and most dynamic cities.

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