Alfonso Cuaron Added to Lifetime Honorees at Lucca Film Festival

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Tuscany's biggest film festival is expanding its international reach.

Tuscany's Lucca Film Festival is expanding this year, with an international lineup of guests and a full slate of cinema events.

Lifetime achievement awards are slated for Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg, Matteo Garrone, Terry Gilliam and Jeremy Irons. The festival will screen a retrospective and host a public masterclass from each of the invited guests. Gilliam will open the festival with his latest film The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz.

Cronenberg, who was previously announced as a guest, will be unable to make the festival due to personal reasons. He will, however, give a master class on cinema via Skype. In addition to the film retrospective, three different exhibitions will showcase art dedicated to his work and a live orchestra will perform the music of his films in a 15th century church.

An entire day will be dedicated to the Oscar-nominated director of social-realist comedies Mario Monicelli. Francesco Munzi will also present his Venice hit Black Souls at the festival, as well as give a master class. An international short film competition features 26 films gunning for the grand prize and another retrospective will be dedicated to experimental filmmaker Roberto Nanni.

Previous editions of the festival have honored David Lynch, Abel Ferrera, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Lucca Film Festival is chaired by Nicola Borrelli.

The festival runs from March 15-21, and closes with the entire town being turned into a film set over 43 locations in ten different themes.