If you’re a cinephile visiting Europe this summer, there’s only one place you want to be today, August 3rd 2018, and that’s the opening of the 71st Locarno Festival!

Who wouldn’t want to lose themselves for 11 days in the picturesque Swiss-Italian town to experience over 30 films, more than 20 of which are World Premieres? To be one of the 8,000 people who fill the infamous Piazza Grande each night and stare up at one of Europe’s biggest screens.

This Sunday you could even catch David Fincher’s “Se7ven”. What better place to watch a classic? You’d be attending the festival along with a number of international stars such as Isabella Ragonese, Ethan Hawke, Laetitia Dosch, Meg Ryan and many more.

Aside from the Piazza Grande section, you have three other competitive sections; International Competition, Filmmakers of the Present, and Leopards of Tomorrow. Witness the stories you missed at Sundance and Cannes, including Ethan Hawke’s “Blaze” and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman”, both nominated for the Variety Piazza Grande Award.

As for the Leopard of Honour this year, critically acclaimed, French director Bruno Dumont takes the award with his much anticipated “Coincoin and the Extra Humans” screening in Piazza Grande. However, don’t forget about the non-competitive sections and the gems they have to offer, with Out of Competition, Signs of Life, Histoire(s) di Cinéma, Open Doors, Retrospective and more.

With a total of 12 sections and 25 awards, Locarno closes the summer festival season with a bang, keeping the film buff conversation rolling on to Venice and TIFF.