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Renzo Rossellini to Receive Locarno Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Italian producer and director Renzo Rossellini by presenting him with a lifetime achievement award, organizers said Thursday. The award ceremony in the Swiss town’s Piazza Grande on Aug. 10 will be followed by a screening of Federico Fellini’s La città delle donne (City of Women, 1980), on which Rossellini […]

‘Spring Breakers,’ ‘Beach Bum’ Director Harmony Korine to Get Locarno Festival Honor

Independent film pioneer Harmony Korine will be honored at the 2023 Locarno Film Festival with the Pardo d’onore Manor, the Leopard of Honor award, for “outstanding achievement in cinema.” Korine, who first broke into the scene with his script to Larry Clark’s groundbreaking Kids (1995), has cut a unique path in indie cinema, with a […]

‘March of the Penguins’ Director Wins 2023 Locarno Kids Award

Luc Jacquet, the Oscar-winning French director of March of the Penguins, will be honored with the 2023 Locarno Kids Award, an honor celebrating a film personality who has brought cinema to younger audiences, giving them “a sense of discovery about the big screen.” Jacquet will receive his award in Locarno on Aug. 7, ahead of […]

Locarno Film Festival Introduces Gender-Neutral Acting Awards

The Locarno Film Festival is following the lead of A-list neighbor Berlin and going gender-neutral. From 2023 on, Locarno’s acting honors will no longer be categorized according to gender — best actor and best actress — but be gender-neutral “best performance” and “best supporting performance” awards. For the 76th edition of the Locarno Film Festival, […]

‘Rule 34’ Wins Locarno Film Festival

Rule 34, a Brazilian drama from director Julia Murat, has won the Golden Leopard for best film at the 2022 Locarno International Film Festival. The feature is a disturbing look at a young law student who by day passionately defends the rights of women in domestic abuse cases and by night performs in front of […]

Locarno: Austrian Doc ‘Matter Out of Place’ Wins Inaugural Green Leopard Environmental Prize

Matter Out of Place, a sobering documentary about the growing global problem of garbage and waste management, has won the inaugural “green leopard,” the Pardo Verde WWF environmental prize from the Locarno Film Festival and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Directed by famed Austrian documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread, Earth), Matter Out of Place […]

Latin American Films Win Locarno’s Open Doors Honors

Film projects from Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia are among the winners of this year’s Open Doors Awards at the Locarno International Film Festival. Open Doors, which celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Swiss festival this year, supports projects from regions with less-developed film industries with the aim of promoting greater diversity on the international scene. […]

German Dramas Win Big at Locarno Pro Industry Awards

Three new German dramas have scooped up top honors at the 2022 Locarno Film Festival’s First Look awards, an industry prize that backs works-in-progress. Lukas Nathrath’s One Last Evening, a scathing dramedy that skewers success-obsessed society, took the Cinegrell First Look Award, which comes with a $51,000 (50,000 euro) bursary in postproduction services from German/Swiss […]

Israeli Filmmakers Ask Locarno to Pull Movie Due to Concerns Over “Racist and Explicitly Political” Conditions Attached to Film’s Financing (Exclusive)

A group of Israeli filmmakers and artists are urging the Locarno Film Festival to drop the world premiere screening of Israeli feature My Neighbor Adolf due to concerns over what the group is calling “racist” and “explicitly political” conditions attached to its funding, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The tragicomedy, from Russian-born Israeli director Leon […]

Locarno Film Festival Honorees Celebrate Cinema at the Extremes

From its first edition back in 1946, Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival been dedicated to celebrating the extremes of filmmaking, from the most avant-garde experimental through cutting-edge arthouse and political cinema to best of the Hollywood genre movies. The filmmaking quartet that Locarno has picked this year for its achievement honors is a near-perfect reflection of […]

The Locarno Film Festival Returns to Pre-Pandemic Glory for Its Diamond Anniversary

On Aug. 23, 1946, just a few months after the inaugural Cannes Film Festival, the very first Locarno International Film Festival opened with a screening of Giacomo Gentilomo’s Italian neorealist classic O sole mio. From the start, the festival aimed to represent the full spectrum of cinema, showcasing what current festival managing director Raphaël Brunschwig […]

Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Receive Locarno’s Excellence Award

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is set to receive the Locarno Film Festival’s Excellence Award Davide Campari on Aug. 3. The British actor will be presented with the honor by David Leitch, the director of Bullet Train, in which Taylor-Johnson stars. Taylor-Johnson is also known for roles as John Lennon in wife Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Nowhere Boy, in Joe […]