While the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival are clearly dominating cinephile attention at the moment, it might be easy to overlook the Locarno International Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday in Switzerland. If the fest might not be screening any high-profile awards season premieres, it does have plenty to offer film lovers. A particular picture of note is the latest film featuring the terrific Isabelle Huppert.
Directed by the late Luc Bondy and also starring Louis Garrel, Bulle Ogier, Yves Jacques, Manon Combes, Bernard Verley, Jean-Pierre Malo and Fred Ulysse, “The False Secrets” looks like a comical upstairs/downstairs story with no shortage of multi-character intrigue. Here’s the synopsis:
Dorante, an impoverished young man, is taken on as a secretary by Araminte, a rich widow with whom he is secretly in love. The valet Dubois does all he can to get Araminte to fall in love with Dorante. Following his staging of Marivaux’s comedy at the Odéon theater, Luc Bondy turns the whole theater building into a film studio, placing his actors in the foyer, under the stage, in the kitchens, using the most unusual and unexpected spots to invent a new dynamic between theater and film.
“The False Secrets” is making its World Premiere at Locarno, and there’s no U.S. distribution yet. So for now, this trailer is only taste you’ll get of the movie.
Watch the trailer at The Film Stage.