Locarno Film Fest: Harvey Keitel to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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The actor will be feted on the Piazza Grande on Saturday.

The Locarno Film Festival on Monday announced it will celebrate the 50-year career of Harvey Keitel with a special lifetime achievement award. He will be honored on Saturday at the Piazza Grande, the 8,000-seat outdoor cinema venue in the Italian-speaking resort town in Switzerland, along with a screening of Wayne Wang’s Smoke.

Keitel, who debuted in Martin Scorsese’s Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967), has created memorable roles in collaboration with cinema’s leading directors including Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Barry Levinson, Robert Altman, Brian De Palma and Spike Lee.

The actor is also notable for having worked with a variety of top Italian filmmakers including Paolo Sorrentino, Ettore Scola, Roberto Faenza, Lina Wertmüller, Giovanni Soldati and Dario Argento.

Keitel was nominated for an Academy Awatd and a Golden Globe for Bugsy in 1991.

“I am particularly delighted to welcome to Locarno and award one of the actors who has so brilliantly represented the various animating spirits of that indie cinema we hold so dear,” Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Locarno festival, said in a statement.

“[The] heart of a New York City throbbing with multi-ethnic humanity, Harvey Keitel has recounted an America that is both violent and vulnerable, self-ironizing and committed," he continued. "Among his many, many collaborations I cannot but recall those with Scorsese and Tarantino, as a bridge between two modes of approaching film.”

In addition to Saturday's event, Keitel will participate in an open talk with festivalgoers on Sunday.

Keitel joins a full lineup of tributes this year at Locarno, which also includes Alejandro Jodorowsky, Bill Pullman, David Linde, Roger Corman, Howard Shore and Jane Birkin. The festival runs Wednesday through Aug. 13.