The 69th annual Locarno Film Festival will honor Howard Shore at this summer’s festivities with the Nescens Vision Award. The award is given each year to a mastermind from the music world. Shore has been given the recognition for exemplifying “an intuitive feel for film and [a] know-how [that] has left its mark on film history.” In addition to receiving the award during the festival, Shore will also give a masterclass, the date of which has yet to be announced.
Shore’s creative genius behind Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of The Rings” franchise famously earned him three Academy Awards, two for score and one for best original song, but his legacy extends far beyond just Middle Earth. The legendary composer is an Officer de l’orde des Arts des Lettres de la France and was one of the original creators behind “Saturday Night Live,” serving primarily as musical director from 1975-1980. His notorious musical collaborations with David Cronenberg has resulted in 15 memorable scores, from “The Fly” to “Crash” and ” Naked Lunch,” and his other projects include “Hugo,” “The Departed,” “Se7en,” “Silence of the Lambs” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
“Howard Shore’s career has been so rich and varied that any brief introduction to his work risks coming across as reductive,” said Carlo Chatrian, the Artistic Director of the Locarno, in an official statement. “In the tradition of the great composers who can produce such unforgettable and varied themes, Shore is much more than a creator of music. While working with traditional notation modes – the pen and the musical score – he has been able to come up with harmonies that suit the most diverse imaginative worlds, giving substance to scenes and characters in inimitable style.”
The Locarno Film Festival takes place August 3-13 this year.