Locarno Festival to Honor Composer Howard Shore With Vision Award

Howard Shore
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The Canadian is the winner of three Oscars, three Golden Globes and four Grammys.

The 69th Locarno Film Festival on Thursday announced it will honor Canadian composer and conductor Howard Shore with its Vision Award, which puts the spotlight on an individual who has left an indelible mark on film history.

Well-known for his collaborations with fellow Canadian David Cronenberg, Shore has had a long and varied career that kicked off as the original music director for Saturday Night Live from 1975-1980, appearing in many memorable moments with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Over his career, Shore has collaborated with a who’s who of top directors, including Martin Scorsese on After Hours, Jonathan Demme on The Silence of the Lambs, David Fincher on Seven, Tim Burton on Ed Wood and Stephen Frears on High Fidelity. He has received Academy Awards for best score after working with Peter Jackson on his Tolkien trilogies, winning for The Lord of the Rings — The Fellowship of the Ring and for The Lord of the Rings — The Return of the King. He also shared in the best song Oscar win for "Into the West" from the latter pic.

Shore has also won three Golden Globes and four Grammys.

“In the tradition of the great composers who can produce such unforgettable and varied themes, Shore is much more than a creator of music,” said Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian. “With no space to mention so many other essential collaborations, I cannot however refrain from noting his contribution to the interior worlds of Cronenberg’s films: Without his soundtracks, films such as VideodromeeXistenZM. Butterfly and A Dangerous Method would not have been possible. I am certain that his presence at Locarno will constitute one of the focal points of the next edition, and I thank him for having accepted our invitation to share his career experiences with our audience, who, like me, have been so thrilled and moved by his work over the years.” 

Past recipients of the Vision Award include sound designer and editor Walter Murch (2015), Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown (2014) and special-effects maestro Douglas Trumbull (2013).

Shore also will meet with the fest’s audience during a special master class.

The 69th edition of Locarno Film Festival is set to take place Aug. 3-13.

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