Martine Marignac to get Locarno award

Raimondo Rezzonico prize for best independent producer

ROME -- The Locarno Film Festival announced Tuesday that it will present this year's Raimondo Rezzonico prize for best independent producer to France's Martine Marignac.

Marignac has produced the films of Jacques Rivette for more than three decades, including 1981's Paris-based comedy "Le Pont du Nord" (The Bridge of the North). She also has produced the Jean-Louis Comolli thriller "L'ombre rouge" (The Red Shadow) and "Golden Eighties" by Chantal Akerman before co-founding the still-active Pierre Grise Prods. in 1987.

With Pierre Grise, her co-production credits have included Marco Bellocchio's "Il sogno della farfalla" (The Dream of the Butterfly) and Joao Cesar Monteiro's "A comedia de Deus" (The Comedy of God).

"Martine Marignac embodies both passion and independence," Locarno's artistic director Frederick Maire said in a statement. "We are proud to pay tribute to this outstanding personality."

The prize is named for the former Locarno Film Festival director of the same name. It has been awarded every year since 2002.

The 62nd edition of the Locarno festival takes place Aug. 5-15.