Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Get Locarno Festival Honor

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The Spanish cinematographer will receive this year’s Vision Award.

The Locarno Festival will pay tribute to Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine on Aug. 10.

Organizers said Tuesday that he will get the Vision Award, a prize honoring technical achievements and advancements in film.

Alcaine is best known for his work with Pedro Almodovar, defining the strong colors and high-contrast landscapes in films including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989), Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006) and The Skin I Live In (2011).

He is credited with helping to define the look of Spanish cinema in the 1980s, also working with directors from Victor Erice to Fernando Trueba. He has also often worked with Italian directors, including Alberto Lattuada, Fabio Carpi and Giovanni Veronesi.

Alcaine is currently working on Brian De Palma’s new thriller Domino, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten. He is also working on Asghar Farhadi’s next project, starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

“Film is not just storytelling but first and foremost a gaze on the world, and that world sees the light thanks to artists like Alcaine, who can impress upon film – and now on digital formats – both the tints and shadows of human skin and the extraordinary work of actors and art designers,” said Locarno director Carlo Chatrian.

Previous winners of the Locarno Vision Award include Douglas Trumbull (2013), Garrett Brown (2014), Walter Murch (2015) and Howard Shore (2016).

The 70th Locarno Festival takes place Aug. 2-12.