Locarno Film Festival to Honor Werner Herzog

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The German filmmaker will receive the Pardo d’onore Swisscom, a tribute to major contemporary filmmakers, at the 66th edition of the festival this summer.

CANNES - The Locarno Film Festival will this summer honor German director, writer, producer and actor Werner Herzog.

He will be awarded the Pardo d’onore Swisscom at the 66th edition of the Swiss festival, which takes place Aug. 7-17.

It will screen 10 of his films, and feature a conversation with Herzog led by Grazia Paganelli, co-author of a study of the filmmaker.

The Pardo d’onore is a tribute to major contemporary filmmakers. Previous recipients have included Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Paul Verhoeven, Jean-Luc Godard and, last year, Leos Carax.

"Werner Herzog, one of the most important figures in German and international cinema, achieved recognition with his very first feature-length film Signs of Life," Locarno organizers said in a statement.

The director, known for his love-hate relationship with Klaus Kinski, also directed such films as Fitzcarraldo and Nosferatu the Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, 1979).

Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said the filmmaker "embodies the spirit of the festival so well: over the course of his long career, Herzog has proved adept at moving between fiction and documentary, low-budget productions and films featuring major stars, but without ever losing a clear sense of identity."

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