Ginevra Elkann’s debut feature Magari will open the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival. Closing film is To the Ends of the Earth by Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi.

Ginevra Elkann will attend the festival with her two protagonists, Alba Rohrwacher and Riccardo Scamarcio. An Italo-French coproduction, produced by Wildside with Rai Cinema and Iconoclast, the film is a sentimental comedy set in the 1980s about three kids of divorced parents. Alongside Rohrwacher and Scamarcio, Elkann also directs Céline Sallette, Brett Gelman, Milo Roussel, Ettore Giustiniani, Oro De Commarque and Benjamin Baroche, all part of a diverse ensemble cast. After directing the short film Vado a Messa (2005), which played at the 62nd Venice Film Festival, Ginevra Elkann went on to work as a producer with Asmara Films, lending her hand to acclaimed projects such as Babak Jalali’s Land (2018), Noaz Deshe’s White Shadow (2013) and Lamberto Sanfelice’s Cloro (2015). In addition, through Good Films, she distributed Francesco Munzi’s Black Souls (2014) and Claudio Caligari’s Don’t Be Bad (2015).

The star of the closing night will be a master of contemporary Japanese cinema, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who will unveil his latest effort, To the Ends of the Earth. The master of Japanese thrillers will tell the story of Yoko, a TV presenter attempting to capture a legendary fish along the Silk Way, in a mixture of dreams and burlesque. It is also the off-screen reunion of Kurosawa and pop singer Atsuko Maeda (Yoko), whom he previously directed in Seventh Code (2013) and Before We Vanish (2017).