ROME, JUN 24 – Beckett, the new film by Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, produced by Luca Guadagnino, will open the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in Piazza Grande on Wednesday 4 August. The thriller, starring John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, will then be available from August 13 exclusively on Netflix. The opening ceremony of the 74th Locarno Film Festival will be held on Wednesday 4 August in Piazza Grande, the iconic open-air hall, inaugurated just 50 years ago. The Locarno Film Festival will host the world premiere of director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino’s latest film, Beckett, produced by Luca Guadagnino. While on vacation in Greece, American tourist Beckett (John David Washington) becomes the target of a manhunt after a devastating accident. Forced to flee to stay alive, Beckett travels across the country to reach the US embassy and rehabilitate his name, escalating tensions as authorities approach, political turmoil and a dangerous web of conspiracies. The artistic director, Giona A. Nazzaro: “That of Ferdinando Cito Filomarino is a Locarno success story. From the Leopards of tomorrow to the Piazza Grande. The Locarno Film Festival as a nursery, gym and springboard for the most interesting filmmakers of the future ”. Beckett not only inaugurates the 74th edition of the Festival, but also marks his return to Piazza Grande, the iconic location of the event and a symbol of free cinema, after a forced pause in which he reinvented himself in an unprecedented hybrid edition. (HANDLE).