Futurespectives

Futurespectives

The Locarno Film Festival podcast presented by UBS hosts an illustrious line-up of actors, change makers and innovators from the movie industry. Expect to laugh, learn and be inspired by the untold stories and perspectives of guests ranging from Matt Dillon to Daisy Edgar-Jones. Hosted by Gabby Sanderson, Futurespectives covers everything from finding one’s purpose to equality and representation in film, the freedom of expression through art, to green film making. Prepare to immerse yourself in deep yet crisp conversations as the guests share stories about their life’s journey and deep dive into how arts will shape culture, society and cinema. This podcast series is produced in collaboration with BrandAudio.

Episodes

March 16, 2023 20 min

Rebekka Freedli and Nathalie Kamber are the artistic filmmakers behind Kollektiv Beton. Based in Zurich the creative duo talk about how they are inspired by new ways and fresh perspectives that are pushing the boundaries of classical cinematic narrations. The playful work partners share how they keep their business relationship healthy by participating in therapy, what the Swiss film scene is like for young upcoming creatives, and ...

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Responsible for several of the most profitable films in Hollywood's history, Emmy-winning producer Jason Blum helped to revolutionise the horror genre with his low-budget, money-spinning formula. In this episode Jason peels back the curtain on his fruitful methods and offers unique advice to anyone considering embarking on a career as a producer. Jason also shares with host Gabby why he loves the uncomfortable, shies away from work...
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In recent years, the landscape of cinema has made some dramatic changes and Kevin B. Lee believes in one or two years from now it will evolve again to look distinctly different to how it does now.

Kevin is a filmmaker, media artist, critic and Locarno’s professor for the Future of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts. His pioneering work in the video essay format has seen Kevin produce over 360 video essays exploring film and media, and hi...

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Acclaimed Palestinian artist, film director and producer Kamal Aljafari talks about interweaving fiction, non-fiction, and contemporary art in his work. In this conversation Kamal talks about the psychological strangeness of being an immigrant in the country you were born, his research into reinventing archival images for film and why art is all about sharing what’s inside you in a way that is felt by the audience.

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Xiaolu Guo talks about being an immigrant in London and how she faced cultural difficulties head on and channelled them into her writing and filmmaking. The Chinese-born British novelist, memoirist and filmmaker has experienced a fascinating life growing up in a rural coastal town in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, to transitioning to a very different life in the UK. Xiaolu also shares the challenges of existing in both the Weste...
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In Rafael Dernbach's role as a futurist, he discusses how cinematic experiences frame our lives today. The renowned researcher shares his take on the battle for audience's attention, the way how we pay attention has fundamentally changed, and why the rise in meditation represents a direct reaction to the ever increasing noise in our lives. He discloses insights to his latest broadcasting project ‘the 24hr talk’ at the Locarno Film ...

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Michele Jannuzzi, the man behind the famous Locarno Film Festival brand emblem – the Leopard – shares the secrets of its origin, his redesign in 2007 and how the Leopard was born out of a mistake, yet quickly turned into one of the most recognisable images in cinema. The creative director and owner of Jannuzzi Smith also discusses the influence of the festival on young local creatives in Locarno just like it did for him many years ...

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Udo Kier reflects on his life in movies, discussing why he's so intrigued by complex characters and how he made it in Hollywood as a German actor. From favourite roles to favourite directors, Udo shares some candid stories from his career – one that he never wanted. This episode also sheds light on the role of cinema in opening up people's minds to different perspectives and the future of film festivals.

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Artist, composer and film director Laurie Anderson shares the first story she was ever told, and how she discovered some of her iconic sound making possibilities by mistake. The key player in the avant-garde music scene since the 60's also gives a sneak peak into what she is currently working on and why Jack Kennedy sent her a dozen red roses.
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Matt Dillon reflects on his career, recalling the first scene he ever shot, the fun he had working on 'There's Something About Mary' and why they say you make a movie three times. Matt also talks about the process of making the controversial film 'The House That Jack Built' and overcoming his nerves to watch it for the first time.
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Swiss-Peruvian artist, writer and director Klaudia Reynicke talks about juggling motherhood whilst being a filmmaker on the rise, the challenges she faces as a female in the industry, and how her experience living in three very different cultures unintentionally reflects in the honesty of her work. Klaudia also talks about inspirations behind her most acclaimed production yet, Love me tender.

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Todd Haynes discusses why he finds it so important to explore the themes of music, pop culture and sexuality in his films. The prolific director and screenwriter also considers why macho stereotypes in action movies can encourage toxic masculinity and how recruiting more females and minority voices in filmmaking is the answer to broadening society's points of view.
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Locarno Film Festival’s Deputy COO & Chief Innovation Officer Simona Gamba shares her inspiring story going from being the Director of the Casting Department of MTV to the present. The communications and media industry veteran, who led countless projects of innovation and digitalization, talks about the connection/connectivity, stories and passion at the heart of Locarno and how the Festival has been pioneering force in the busines...
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August 15, 2022 16 min
From the National Youth Theatre to 'Normal People', to starring on the big screen in ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’, Daisy Edgar Jones discusses why finding her purpose is a work in progress and despite so much early success how rejections in work have prepared her for rejection in her romantic life.
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson likes to keep his private life private. However, in this intimate conversation with Futurespectives host Gabby Sanderson, Aaron opens up about why he feels much more comfortable playing a character than being himself in front of an audience. Aaron also shares why his role as a dad and a husband is his first priority, the joy of working with Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe in the same year, and how he and wife Sam b...
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What does it take to be the artist director for one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world? Giona A. Nazzaro who has held this position for the Locarno Film Festival since 1st January 2021, has all the answers. Sharing some of the highs, challenges and how he doesn't let personal taste interfere with his programming, there is a lot more to this role than meets the eye.
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Lucius Barre is an international publicist who specialises in promoting culturally diverse films for worldwide distribution. Working with an incredible who’s who of superstars like Doris Day, Rita Hayworth, Udo Kier and Nicole Kidman, is all in a day's work for Lucius, and in this podcast, he shares some incredible stories about working with such film icons from the past and present. Lucius doesn’t stop there and adds insights into...
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Juliette Binoche talks about getting into the character of the life of a truck driver in her latest movie ‘Paradise Highway’. The Academy Award winner also discusses her hunger as an actress to cross borders, why she still has an acting coach, and the reason expression is more important than the language when stepping into a role.
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Futurespectives is the official podcast series of the Locarno Film Festival. In this audio forward host Gabby and her production team, Nik, Jules and Darryl, set up the premise of the show and give listeners a sneak peak into some of the huge stars that will be appearing in season one. The team also discuss what makes Locarno Film Festival so special, attracting cinephiles from all over the world. 

 

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