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Locarno pays a visit to BeirutWhen filmmakers are hunting for a platform to premiere their work, there are a few elite festivals guaranteed to elevate a movie's credibility. A few of these – the Berlinale, Cannes and Venice festivals – are well-known and traces of these events crop up beyond the cities that host them.Films from Cannes' selections are frequently projected in Beirut – not least those of the Semaine de la Critique, which has been replayed here yearly since 2006 .Titles from Venice have been packaged in their own screening cycles and at the European Film Festival, as have many from Berlin – whose incubator platform, Berlinale Talents, has its own regional franchise here, Beirut Talents.Among the world's oldest film festivals, the Swiss event launched a couple of important regional titles last year – Annemarie Jacir's third feature "Wajib" and Rana Eid's debut "Panoptic," both of which have gone on to enjoy a healthy festival careers.This year the Swiss Embassy in Lebanon is formally introducing the festival to Beirut with "Locarno in Beirut". "Locarno in Beirut" opened Wednesday evening with the Sursock screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1959 feature "Killer's Kiss," which that year won him the festival's best director prize."Locarno in Beirut" continues at the Sursock Museum and Metropolis Cinema-Sofil through May 28 .
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