By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire November 5, 2012 at 9:25AM
“My Fair Lady” director George Cukor has been selected as the subject of the Locarno International Film Festival’s 2013 retrospective. In addition, fest organizers have solidified the selection committee for the 66th annual Locarno event, which runs August 7-17 next year.
Organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and the National Film Museum in Turin, the Cukor retrospective will showcase all of the Oscar-winning director’s works over the 11 days of the festival. Among his films are “Camille,” “A Star Is Born,” “Heller in Pink Tights,” “The Blue Bird,” “The Philadelphia Story” and “Adam’s Rib.” Several panel discussions on Cukor’s work will take place, and the festival audience will have the opportunity attend a round-table chaired by Locarno curator Roberto Turigliatto.
“For some years now the Festival has undertaken a re-reading of classical American cinema, showing how much it still has to say to us today,” said artistic director Carlo Chatrian. “Following the retrospectives devoted to those who left Europe for America or have taken a look at Europe from America, I felt it was an opportune moment to culminate this exploration with one of the purest examples of the consummate art and craftsmanship of Hollywood cinema. Far more than a great director of actresses, in addition to his celebrated reputation for perfectly constructed dramas, George Cukor is the filmmaker who has best conveyed the essence of that cinema which, while seeming to dwell on the surface of things, succeeds in brilliantly illuminating the depths of our being, and who, while entertaining the viewer also enhances their intelligence.”
The 2013 selection committee will include film critic and Cinema Scope publisher Mark Peranson as head of programming, accompanied by producer-curator Lorenzo Esposito, former Venice film festival programmer Sergio Fant and writer-consultant Aurélie Godet. Nadia Dresti will take on the role of head of International.