Locarno in
Los Angeles

JUNE 13-16, 2019

& Laemmle Music Hall





The Awful Truth

Leo McCarey
USA | 90 min. | 1937 | 35mm

Centerpiece Selection

La Flor

Mariano Llinás
Argentina | 868 min. | 2018
(in 3 parts)


Coincoin and the Extra-Humans

Bruno Dumont
France | 208 min. | 2018
(in 2 parts)


Andrea Bussmann
Mexico/Canada | 70 min. | 2018


Sophia Antipolis

Virgil Vernier
France | 98 min. | 2018


ABout the festival


An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, the third annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles will emanate from two different venues this year: the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills. Running from June 13-16, the festival returns with a special four-day program following two successful editions in 2017 and 2018. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, film critic Justin Chang describes Locarno in Los Angeles as “a jolting antidote to the mid-spring blockbuster blues, as well as a welcome reminder that cinema isn't just a global medium; at times, it can be downright otherworldly.” Curated by Acropolis founder Jordan Cronk and co-artistic director Robert Koehler, the festival's main program is comprised of a hand-selected group of films from the 71st Locarno Film Festival’s Competition, Filmmakers of the Present, and Retrospective programs, including a pair of multi-part event films otherwise impossible to see in Los Angeles. With the generous support of MUBI, the Swiss Consulate General of San Francisco, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the festival will host an opening night tribute to Hollywood legend Leo McCarey at LACMA, featuring a 35mm presentation of the director’s 1937 screwball comedy classic The Awful Truth. Following opening night, the festivities will then move to the Laemmle Music Hall for an exclusive three day program of Los Angeles premieres, including the highly-anticipated arrival of the 14-hour Argentine epic La Flor, to screen in three parts over the course of the weekend. Charting a course across the entire history of cinema, Locarno in Los Angeles promises to once again bring a tantalizing taste of one of the world’s best film festivals to Los Angeles for a one-of-a-kind event.


Jordan cronk

Founder: Acropolis Cinema
Artistic Director: Locarno in Los Angeles

Jordan Cronk is a film critic and programmer based in Los Angeles. He founded Acropolis Cinema, an itinerant screening series dedicated to bringing experimental, international, and undistributed films to Los Angeles, in January 2016. He’s a regular contributor to Cinema Scope, Film Comment, and Sight & Sound, and writes a monthly column on Los Angeles repertory cinema for the Hollywood Reporter. His writing has also appeared in Artforum, BOMB, Filmmaker Magazine, frieze, Reverse Shot, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His recent DVD/Blu-ray essays on Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV and Jean-Luc Godard’s Hélas pour moi are available through Cinema Guild and Kino Lorber. He served on the inaugural Signs of Life jury at the 70th Locarno Festival.

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Robert Koehler

Co-Artistic Director: Locarno in Los Angeles

Robert Koehler has served as director of programming at the Qingdao International Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, AFI Fest and Festworks, and co-created the ongoing Los Angeles-based film series, “The Films That Got Away”. His criticism and columns on cinema have appeared in numerous publications including Variety, Cinema Scope, Sight & Sound, Indiewire, Cineaste, Film Journey, Film Comment, The Christian Science Monitor, Cahiers du Cinema, L’Espresso, Die Tagezeitung, and Cine21 magazine. Among his published works are chapters in the books Cine Argentino 1999-2009, On Film Festivals from Wildflower Press, American Comedy, published by the San Sebastian Film Festival, and 10 Years with New Danish Screen, published by New Danish Screen/Danish Film Institute. For the renowned international film sales company FiGa Films, he served as manager of the North American territory.