Jane Birkin to Get Locarno Film Fest Honor

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The 1960s star will be in the spotlight at the Swiss fest.

British actress and singer Jane Birkin will be honored at the 69th Locarno Film Festival with a career retrospective.

The 1960s icon debuted on the big screen in 1965 with The Knack… and How to Get It directed by Richard Lester and Blow-Up by Michelangelo Antonioni, making her into an overnight star. Antonioni was also the subject of a Locarno tribute in 2007.

Birkin worked over the years with directors such as Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda and Alain Resnais.

She became a successful singer, writing and performing the memorable duet with her partner Serge Gainsbourg, "Je t'aime… moi non plus" (1969). Gainsbourg directed a film of the same title. Birkin is also a global fashion icon with the unforgettable Hermes bag dedicated in her name.

"I am delighted to honor the extraordinary career of an actress such as Jane Birkin, whose trajectory in modern cinema is unequalled," said Locarno fest director Carlo Chatrian. "Able to burn up the screen with her mere presence, to conjugate the meaning of seduction in original ways, to be fashionable whilst transcending fashion, the actress has brought alive characters who remain stamped on the mind, perhaps because of that singular sense of innocence lost she has always emanated."

Locarno's retrospective will include Timo von Gunten's La femme et le TGV (Switzerland, 2016), a short film in competition in the Pardi di domani: Concorso nazionale, as well as screenings of Boxes by Jane Birkin and La fille prodigue by Jacques Doillon.

The Locarno Film Festival takes place August 3-13.