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LOCARNO NITES (SEASON 4, EPISODE 1)

BANGKOK NITES still courtesy Bangkok Nites Partners/Locarno Festival

Looking back at the rush of modern filmmaking that was the 2017 edition of the Locarno film festival, through the vantage point of what does a film festival means these days
What stays after a festival’s done? Which films, for better or worse, linger on in our memories long after the event itself has blurred into just another year in the festival’s history?
The question asked itself while I was discussing with an online friend how Katsuya Tomita’s lovely Bangkok Nites never really took off after its competition slot at Locarno 2016. Despite a lot of rave reviews, maybe because of its late showing (at the tail end of the programme), the film left with no prizes and never gained much traction. 
But then, neither did that year’s main winner: Bulgarian director Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless, a ruthlessly bleak indictment of post-Soviet failed government, disappeared from the radar almost as much as (if not even m…

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