At this year’s Festival del Film Locarno in Switzerland, festival members will get a chance to talk to French director Leos Carax and watch his five feature films in honor of his Pardo d’onore Swisscom.
“Boy Meets Girl,” “Bad Blood” (1986), “The Lovers on the Bridge” (1991), “Pola X” (1999), and “Holy Motors” (2012) will join “Tokyo!” for which Carax contributed the segment “Merde” (2008) in. On the day after the award ceremony, the audience will be invited to pose questions to the filmmaker.
The festival’s artistic director, Olivier Père, said he is “greatly honored to invite one of world cinema’s greatest creatives to Locarno.” Carax first made headlines at the age of 23 for his 1984 film “Boy Meets Girl,” which won the Award of the Youth at the Cannes Festival. His latest film “Holy Motors,” which stars the likes of Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue, was screened in competition at the Cannes Festival.
For the past 24 years, the Pardo d’onore has been given to a plethora of master contemporary cinema, including prominent filmmakers such as Manoel de Oliveira, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Abbas Kiarostami, Aleksandr Sokurov, Hou Hsiao-hsien, William Friedkin, Alain Tanner, JIA Zhang-ke and more recently in 2011, Abel Ferrara.
This is Swisscom’s fourth consecutive year supporting the Pardo d’onore, and it is also the main sponsor of the Festival.
Festival del film Locarno will return for its 65th edition from August 1-11th of this year.