Italian producer, director, and movie and TV business pioneer Renzo Rossellini is being honored with the Locarno Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award.
The Swiss fest devoted to indie cinema can pay tribute to the consummate filmmaker and renaissance man – who as a producer shepherded works by grasp administrators resembling Federico Fellini, Lina Wertmüller, Werner Herzog and Francis Ford Coppola – with a screening of Fellini’s 1980 work “City of Women” on its 8,000 seat open-air Piazza Grande venue on Aug. 10, adopted by an onstage dialog the following day.
Rossellini who additionally labored as assistant director for his father Roberto and, amongst others, François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol – and is a director in his personal proper – “Has never ceased his quest to pass on his knowledge of the cinema, teaching generations of students and cineastes with passion and commitment,” the fest mentioned in an announcement.
“Film is a tool for learning about the world: Renzo Rossellini has taught that lesson unstintingly, becoming a pivotal figure in modern cinema,” mentioned Locarno Artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro in an announcement.
“His own love of film came from his family and has stayed with him throughout his life. Gifted with infallible instincts and led by his passion, he has left a deep and lasting mark,” he added.
Renzo Rossellini was born in Rome in 1941, the son of late nice Italian grasp Roberto Rossellini and Marcella De Marchis. He studied historical past and philosophy on the Sorbonne in Paris, later working in France as assistant director to François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol. He then started a collaboration along with his father Roberto, initially as assistant director and later as producer, which lasted until 1977.
He later based and led two manufacturing firms, Gaumont Italia and Artisti Associati, producing, financing and distributing over 100 movies. Rossellini later taught movie manufacturing at Rome’s NUCT movie faculty, and historical past of European cinema at UCLA, amongst different universities. In 1981 he arrange and directed the Gaumont Film School in Rome whose alumni embrace administrators Daniele Luchetti, Giuseppe Piccioni, Antonello Grimaldi and Valerio Jalongo, and producers resembling Domenico Procacci.
Previous Locarno lifetime achievement award winners embrace Harrison Ford, Alain Delon, Jacqueline Bisset, Harvey Keitel, and Dario Argento.
The 76th version of Locarno will run Aug. 2-12.