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The difficult – and extremely rewarding – task of choosing a film

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PODCAST | Nicolò Comotti interviews Nicholas Elliott, juror and Locarno International Film Festival programmer.

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FRED had the pleasure to sit down and have a little but extremely fruitful conversation with film critic and Locarno’s programmer Nicholas Elliott, here in Odessa as a member of the Jury for the National Competition Program.

On July 15, Nicholas Elliott, a member of the Selection Committee of the Locarno International Film Festival, film critic, and jury member of the 10th OIFF National Competition Program, held a meeting with the festival’s visitors “I got into the film industry simply because I started watching films. My parents worshiped the cinema and everything related to it. When I was a teenager, I did not want to do what they did. Every Friday, parents would invite me to go to cinema with them, and I refused. I was 15 years old when I first agreed. And I liked it. I began to go to the cinema often, read a lot about cinema, and discuss it with friends. This started to shape my style of film perception”. “On the one hand, people increasingly devaluate the role of critics, because there are leaders of thoughts like Rotten Tomatoes or social networks. Who needs these film critics now? On the other hand, some events prove that the activity of film critics is needed, but it has to be transformed. For example, there is a huge movement, especially active in the United States, which advocates diversity among critics. Last week, The New York Times published an article about the need for more women critics and representatives of different races. There are also Hollywood stars that raise this problem, such as Bree Larson and Tessa Thompson. In general, it feels strange when me and my colleagues go to the Cannes or some other film festival, and we are surrounded by men, white men exclusively” […]

To discover more about Nicholas Elliott, click here.

  • Reporter
    Nicolò Comotti
  • Guest
    Nicholas Elliott
  • Interviewee role
    Juror and Locarno programmer
  • Festival section
    National competition
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