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LOCARNO 2016

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The Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard of Honour to go to Alejandro Jodorowsky

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- During the 69th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August), Alejandro Jodorowsky will receive the prestigious Swisscom Leopard of Honour

The Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard of Honour to go to Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky (© Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky)

On 12 August, French-Chilean filmmaker, writer and poet Alejandro Jodorowsky will be crowned with the Swisscom Leopard of Honour in the Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival and will take part in a discussion open to the festival audience (in the Cinema-Forum area). In addition, the Swiss gathering will offer a selection of movies from his filmography: The Dance of Reality [+see also:
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(selected in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013), which marked his return to cinema, Endless Poetry [+see also:
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, presented in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight, and two of his masterpieces, The Holy Mountain and Santa sangre.

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The festival’s aim is to highlight the various facets and countless talents of this complex and mysterious director who has pushed reflection on the medium of cinema to a whole new level. He has undertaken a global, artistic search to make film into a means of expression to courageously discuss reality through poetry. As the Locarno Film Festival’s artistic director, Carlo Chatrian, says: “Awarding Alejandro Jodorowsky the Leopard of Honour is a way to finally highlight poetry’s ability to go beyond the limiting horizons of reality, and give voice to the visionary and a freedom of expression that we so sorely need in this day and age.” On Jodorowsky’s latest projects, Chatrian adds: “The festival’s bestowal of this award comes at the very moment the French-Chilean artist is making a visual autobiography in the form of one long, seamless film, a dialogue between his conception of art and his vision of reality.”

(Translated from Italian)

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