Locarno Film Festival to Honor Spain's Victor Erice With Career Achievement Award

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Erice, 73, has produced only four feature-length films in a career that began in 1961, but he is considered a protagonist of contemporary European cinema.

ROME – The Locarno Film Festival on Thursday announced it would present esteemed Spanish director Victor Erice with the event's lifetime achievement honor.

The 67-year-old festival's homage to Erice will include a retrospective of three of his four feature length films and a series of mid-length films and shorts as well as an open conversation with festival goers.

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Erice, 73, is probably best known for 1973 drama The Spirit of the Beehive (Lo spirit dell’alveare), which recounts the story of a young girl traumatized after viewing James Whale’s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein.

The 1983 drama El Sur and The Quince Tree Sun nine years later both screened in competition at Cannes, with the latter taking home the festival's jury prize.

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His most recent effort, a segment in the three-part documentary Centro Historico, premiered at the Rome Film Festival in 2012.

"Erice's films may be few in number, but they are all extremely important in the context of modern cinema and they all bear the hallmark of an independent and coherent filmmaker," said Carlo Chatrian, Locanro's artistic director. "He has one of those unique voices the Locarno Film Festival has pledged to recognize and support."

The lakeside Swiss festival takes place this year August 6-16.

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