Walter Murch, the acclaimed editor and sound designer of films such as "American Graffiti," "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now," will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with the Vision Award – Nescens for his contributions to cinema. This is the third year the award will be given in Locarno, and Murch follows such honored visionaries as special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull and "Mister Steadicam" Garrett Brown.
"Having Walter Murch here, apart from the honor of his presence, also highlights the thinking behind this award, instituted two years ago. As Francis F. Coppola has written, ‘He is a true pioneer. A man we should listen to with great attention – and pleasure,’" said Carlo Chatrian, the Festival’s Artistic Director. "The way he works goes far beyond conventional notions of collaboration. His work proves that great films are nearly always the outcome of a close working relationship between major creative talents."
Murch’s post-production career has resulted in numerous accolades, including the Best Editing Oscar for "Apocalypse Now" and a double BAFTA win for "The Conversation" in 1975. He would later go on to earn Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound Editing for "The English Patient" in 1996, marking the first and only time in Academy history where the same person has won the prize in both categories.
Both the general public and the guests of the Locarno Film Festival will have an opportunity to meet Walter Murch and discover the secrets of his methods during a masterclass in Locarno. The 68th Locarno Film Festival will be held August 5-15.