Locarno Film Festival to Honor Vincente Minnelli

Fest will hold a comprehensive career retrospective during its 64th edition August 3-13.


ROME -- The Locarno Film Festival announced Friday that it would honor American film director Vincente Minnelli with a comprehensive career retrospective at the festival's 64th edition.

Minnelli, who died at the age of 83 in 1986, is best known for the musicals he directed: he won an Oscar for best director for Gigi in 1958 -- one of nine Oscars the film took home that year, including best picture. He also earned an earlier best director nomination for An American in Paris, another best picture winner, seven years earlier.

Minnelli was married to iconic actress Judy Garland and was the father of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

"Balanced between dream and reality, humanity and cruelty, the real world and a stylized version of it, Minnelli's films are the high water mark of classic Hollywood movie-making," Locarno artistic director Olivier Pere said. "But at the same time, they offer an elegant and highly personal vision of the loves and feelings of passionate characters."

The retrospective, organized by the festival in conjunction with the Swiss Film Archive, will be based on the best available 35 mm prints for the selected films and will include introductions to each film by leading filmmakers, actors and critics. The homage will also include a roundtable discussion of the director's career as well as the launch of a new book on Minnelli's career by journalist and editor Emmanuel Burdeau.

The lakeside festival in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland will take place this year August 3-13.