Throughout its 66 year history, the Festival del film Locarno has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major festivals. Every August, Locarno becomes the world capital of auteur cinema. Thousands of film fans and industry professionals meet here to share their passion for cinema in all its diversity. Created as a festival aiming to discover new talents and new trends, Locarno has established itself as an invaluable launch-pad for the new generation. It has often spotted the genius of young directors who have then established themselves as the major filmmakers of their generation: examples include Claude Chabrol, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Gus Van Sant, etc. Last year’s guests included Alain Delon, Leos Carax, Kylie Minogue, Gael García Bernal. Many stars were on the Piazza Grande, whose magical setting can accommodate up to 8,000 filmgoers every night.