'Deer Hunter' Director Michael Cimino to Get Locarno's Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Cimino Headshot - P 2012
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Michael Cimino Headshot - P 2012

The American director, screenwriter and producer will receive the festival’s Pardo d’onore tribute.

Michael Cimino is set to receive the Pardo d’onore, a lifetime achievement award, on August 9 at the 68th Locarno Film Festival. Cimino will also participate in a Q&A with guests of the festival.

His debut film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot in 1974 earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar nomination. His second film in 1978, The Deer Hunter, cemented his place in cinema history, winning five Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Locarno will screen these films alongside Heaven’s Gate (1980) and Year of the Dragon (1985).

“Cimino's poetics are timeless, both classical and modern at the same time,” said Locarno’s director Carlo Chatrain. “I am sure that his presence will be a great stimulus for the many viewers and young filmmakers attending Locarno.”

Past recipients of the Pardo d’onore include Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Sidney Pollack, Abel Ferrara, Jia Zhangke, Ennio Morricone and Bernardo Bertolucci.

Italian director Marco Bellocchio will also be awarded with the pardo d’onore this year.