Todd Haynes to Get Locarno Film Festival Honor

Todd Haynes - H 2015
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Todd Haynes - H 2015

He will receive the prestigious price at the festival Aug. 7.

The Locarno film festival will celebrate American director, writer and producer Todd Haynes with an honorary Leopard award.

He will get the prestigious Pardo d’Onore Manor prize Aug. 7. The festival will also screen his latest work, Wonderstruck, alongside Poison, which originally screened in Locarno, Switzerlad, in 1991.

Haynes, often exploring America in the 1950s, continued his career with Julianne Moore in Safe (1995) and Far From Heaven (nominated for four Academy Awards in 2002) and Wonderstruck (2017), and with Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There (2007) and Carol (nominated for six Academy Awards in 2015).

Wonderstruck, which premiered in Cannes earlier this year, is a simultaneous story of a Midwestern boy and a girl in New York from 50 years ago in search of the same enigmatic connection. It is being released in the U.S. on Oct. 20.

“His characters — often with extraordinary performances by the female leads — bring back the magic of great cinema, of art that achieves the sublimation of reality without lapsing into disenchantment,” said festival director Carlo Chatrian. “His latest, splendid film Wonderstruck is another fine example, a journey into a cabinet of curiosities where fear and desire merge in the accuracy of a twofold historical reconstruction.”

Locarno70 runs Aug. 2-12.