Locarno Film Fest to Honor Oscar-Winning Editor and Sound Designer Walter Murch

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Locarno Film Festival

The three-time Oscar winner will receive the festival's Vision Award.

Walter Murch, a triple Oscar-winning editor and sound designer, will receive the Locarno Film Fest's Vision award at the 68th edition of the festival.

Beginning as an editor, Murch expanded his work into sound design, a term he coined himself, and often merged the two crafts. He came to fame during the 1970s with the new generation of American filmmakers, working with such greats as George Lucas (THX 1138, American Graffiti) and Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, The Conversation). For his work on The Conversation, he picked up dual BAFTA awards for film editing and soundtrack.

He picked up his first Oscar working with Coppola as sound designer on Apocalypse Now and later picked up two more for both sound and film editing on Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, the only time in Oscar history when someone has won in both categories. He's picked up nine Oscar nominations in total over the course of his career.

Murch is also slated to teach a master class in Locarno after accepting the award.

Coppola has said of Murch, "He is a true pioneer. A man we should listen to with great attention — and pleasure."

Murch is the third recipient of the award, which previously went to American special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull and Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown. Locarno will take place from Aug. 5–15.