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World Cinema and the European Film Festival

Milan, Italy; Locarno, Switzerland; Cannes, France

Arrive DateAugust 3, 2020   End DateAugust 30, 2020

Program Overview

Starting in Milan, then proceeding to the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and finishing on the French Riviera in Cannes, this program examines contemporary cinema by considering the role of film festivals in producing and distributing films globally. The highlight of our time is the Locarno Film Festival, an A-level event in the lovely lake region of southern Switzerland/northern Italy (near Lake Como). Perched between Cannes (in spring) and Venice (in fall), Locarno is the most important festival of the summer. With a full festival pass, the class considers national filmmaking in relation to transnational festivals. We look at many contemporary directors with reputations established at festivals, including Almodovar (Pain and Glory), Haneke (Love), Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love), Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), and Kore-Eda (Shoplifters).

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program CoordinatorAngela McNutt


Cinema and Digital Media (CDM) 167Topics in Film Genres (4 units)

Cinema and Digital Media (CDM) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only) 

Program Highlights

  • Program visits three countries: Italy, Switzerland, and France—including a major city, Milan, and two resort towns: Locarno in the Italian-Swiss lake region and Cannes, France.
  • Attend, as a full participant, an entire A-level film festival on Lake Maggiore (near Lake Como/Bellagio/Milan); the Locarno festival is the most important of the summer season.
  • Tour sites associated with the one of the world’s most famous film festivals, the Cannes film festival, as well as Nice and Monaco.
  • Visit Swiss mountain peaks, take a ferry on Swiss a mountain lake, visit Switzerland’s third largest banking city, Lugano, and Milan, one of Italy’s biggest and most dynamic cities.

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