As the commercial distribution of art cinema from around the world continues to drastically shrink—not only in the U.S., but everywhere—the main question for audiences and lovers of this cinema is a simple one: How can we see it? Movies don’t exist without an audience, and a movie is never really a movie until it’s presented on the big screen. This is where the film festival steps in. Festivals are where art cinema thrives, where artists and audiences can meet. Is this the future of cinema, and how can festivals make this future exciting and sustainable?
In the above video, filmed on April 7, 2018, Locarno Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian sits down with Locarno in Los Angeles co-artistic director Robert Koehler to discuss what makes Locarno one of the world's great and most adventurous film festivals, the thinking behind the programming, the vision of cinema that informs it, and the festival’s place within an ever-evolving arthouse ecosystem. Following the discussion, the conversation is opened up to the audience for questions.