Locarno salutes Chris Marker
Right before the start of the Festival, we are reached by the news of the passing of Chris Marker, the French filmmaker, pioneer of the cine-essay and father of the much beloved cult film La Jetée (1962), who died in his house in Paris at age 91.
We don't fall for the temptation of a late hommage, if it weren't for the fateful and joyful coincidence that Marker, whose last appearance on the Locarno screens was in the 2004 retrospective with his seminal Le joli mal (1963), is already in this year's festival line-up, with a short film produced by the Viennale and inserted in the 20 Little Films – Viennale Trailers 1995-2012 program (shown on August 4th), along with works by the likes of Leos Carax, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jean-Luc Godard, Jem Cohen and many others.
There is no better tribute for a filmmaker that to show his films. Chris Marker would be the first to agree on the fact that images don't die.Massimo Benvegnu