The Locarno Film Festival will switch to gender-neutral acting categories and its 76th festival will run from 2 to 12 August 2023.
The festival’s two main competitions, Concorso internazionale and Concorso Cineasti del Presente, will now award two Pardo Awards for the best performances. The festival said in a statement that the change “will allow every performer, regardless of their gender identity, to compete for awards.”
Giona A. Nazzaro, Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival: “We believe that the choices we have made will further enhance our efforts to showcase and reward talent and creativity, going beyond isolated categories that are now obsolete. The world is moving forward along a path that is definitely not binary.”
Locarno Film Festival President Marco Solari added: “As President, I welcome this proposal from the Artistic Director and his team, which perfectly matches the changing sensibilities that are needed today.”
Last year, the festival’s two top acting awards went to Daniela Marin and Reinaldo Amien Gutiérrez for a Costa Rican drama. Tengo suenos electrical. The film is about Eva, a 16-year-old girl who lives with her mother, younger sister, and their cat, but wants to move in with her estranged father. Clinging to him, she tries to balance between the tenderness and sensitivity of teenage life.