The Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard of Honour to go to Alejandro Jodorowsky
by Muriel Del Don
- During the 69th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August), Alejandro Jodorowsky will receive the prestigious Swisscom Leopard of Honour
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:
film profile] (selected in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013), which marked his return to cinema, Endless Poetry [+see also:
film profile], presented in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight, and two of his masterpieces, The Holy Mountain and Santa sangre.
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)