Edward Norton to Get Locarno Film Festival Honor

The actor and director will receive the festival’s Excellence Award.

Edward Norton will receive this year's Locarno Film Festival Excellence Award Moet & Chandon.

The Swiss festival will present a retrospective of the popular actor’s work, organizers announced on Monday. Norton will also interact with festivalgoers during a special onstage conversation.

“I’m very happy and proud to welcome Edward Norton to Locarno,” said Locarno director Carlo Chatrian. “He is someone who has shown immense talent in giving shape to characters as fascinating and complex as the times in which we live. I’m certain that his presence will leave its mark on the 2015 edition, giving the public a chance to better get to know one of the most interesting figures of 21st-century Hollywood.”

Norton is a three-time Oscar nominee for Primal Fear (1996), American History X (1998) and last year’s Birdman. He is also a very public environmental activist, serving as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity since 2010.

Past winners of Locarno’s Excellence Award include Gael Garcia Bernal, Juliette Binoche, Giancarlo Giannini, Isabelle Huppert, John Malkovich, Michel Piccoli and Susan Sarandon.

The Locarno Film Festival takes place Aug. 5-15. 

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