Jane Campion To Receive Locarno’s Honorary Pardo d’Onore Manor Award

Jane Campion will be heading to Switzerland this summer to receive an honorary award at the 77th edition of the Locarno Film Festival, running from August 7 to 17.

The director will be presented with the festival’s Pardo d’Onore Manor Award for outstanding achievement in cinema in a ceremony at its landmark Piazza Grande open-air venue on August 16.

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As part of the honorary celebrations, two Campion features will be screened at the festival: An Angel at My Table (1990) and The Piano (1993). The latter is presented in a new 4K restoration that will make its debut on the Piazza Grande. Campion will also host an onstage Q&A at the Forum @ Spazio Cinema on August 17.

“With her directorial debut, Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion asserted herself from the start as a distinctive and unmistakable voice,” Giona A. Nazzaro, Locarno Artistic Director said this morning announcing the honor.

“More than thirty years later, the values and extraordinary qualities of her filmmaking remain undiminished. Campion has sustained genuine complexity in her artistic practice, free to weave a dialogue with audiences and with the film industry in which she works without ever compromising on her vision and her artistic ambitions. Her work, peopled with tortured, fascinating characters and marked by an astonishing skill in grappling with the more disturbing side of the human condition, represents one of the undisputed pinnacles of contemporary filmmaking. Jane Campion’s artistic freedom and willingness to take risks to find new and deeper insights into the richness and complexities of human experience make her an unparalleled point of reference for anybody who thinks of film as an instrument of expression and emancipation. To offer the Pardo d’Onore to Jane Campion means – today – to welcome cinema in all its infinite possibilities and to look to the future without fear.”

Past recipients of the Leopard of Honor have included Manoel de Oliveira, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Agnès Varda, Michael Cimino, Marco Bellocchio, John Waters and Kelly Reichardt.

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