Alain Tanner to be awarded Leopard of Honor

At 63rd Locarno International Film Festival

ROME -- The Locarno Film Festival will give its Leopard of Honor award for career achievement to Swiss director Alain Tanner in this year's edition, festival organizers said Thursday.

The 90-year-old Tanner whose 1969 drama "Charles mort ou vif" (Charles Dead or Alive) won Locarno's top prize, will also give a masterclass during the Aug. 4-14 lakeside festival.

Tanner, best known for "Les Annees lumiere" (Light Years Away), which won the jury prize in Cannes in 1981, is also one of the protagonists in the New Swiss Cinema movement.

In a statement, Tanner said he was "delighted" to receive the Leopard of Honor prize. "Locarno is a festival close to my heart, to which I am strongly attached, and one I have always supported."

Locarno artistic director Olivier Pere said the selection of Tanner would illustrate his "intelligence and independence."

Previous winners of Locarno's Leopard of Honor award include Wim Wenders, Ken Loach, Manoel de Oliviera, William Friedkin, and Abbas Kiarostami. Tanner will be the third Swiss director to be presented with the prize.
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