Lucca Film Fest to Honor Zombie Maestro George Romero With Career Retrospective

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The man behind 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'Dawn of the Dead' is set to attend the Tuscan festival in April.

George Romero, the cult director, writer, and editor behind Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and The Crazies, will be honored with a 50-year career retrospective at the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema in Italy's Tuscany region in April.

“I am really looking forward to meeting my fans at your wonderful film festival and in the meanwhile stay scared!” said Romero of the honor.

The retrospective, which will include screenings, public talks, conferences and art exhibitions, is curated by Paolo Zelati and Stefano Giorgi. Romero, who is considered the father of zombie films, made Night of the Living Dead (1968) on a shoestring budget of $10,000. It has since become a cult classic that has influenced countless directors.

Other films to be screened include Season of the Witch (1972), Creepshow (1982), and Two Evil Eyes (1990), co-directed by Dario Argento.

In a new feature at the 2016 edition of the festival, 12 films will compete in a feature film contest with an international jury chaired by the director of the Lisbon & Estoril festival Paulo Branco.

The Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema takes place April 3-10 in the Tuscan cities of Lucca and Viareggio. The festival is directed by Nicola Borrelli. Previous honorees of the festival include David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Abel Ferrara.