Harmony Korine
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Filmmaker and artist Harmony Korine will be honored with the Pardo d’onore Manor, the award for outstanding achievement in cinema, at the upcoming 76th Locarno Film Festival. The festival will feature screenings of two titles picked from his filmography by the director himself: Gummo (1997) and Spring Breakers (2012). Korine will also meet with the Festival public in a panel conversation at Forum @Spazio Cinema.

After revolutionizing the independent filmmaking scene in the 1990s, Harmony Korine began experimenting in other media such as photography, video, painting, advertising, and music (where his most recent collaboration was with Miley Cyrus, co-writing the track Handstand for her new album Endless Summer Vacation), invariably bringing his own unmistakable style and aesthetic to the table. During its 76th edition (August 2-12) the Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute with the award of the Pardo d’onore Manor, honoring the director of films that were prime movers in the renewal of American cinema, such as Gummo, Mister Lonely (2007) and Spring Breakers.

Giona A. Nazzaro, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival: “Harmony Korine is hard to pin down, difficult to categorize as a filmmaker, but he is an artist whose touch is unmistakable in whatever form. A rebellious anarchist – both dangerous and poetic in his amused, cultivated radicalism – Korine redefined the term “maverick” in U.S. cinema, without ever losing the smile on his face or the sheer fun of it all. An auteur in the present indicative. Now that a key cult movie like Spring Breakers has chalked up its tenth anniversary, giving the Pardo d’onore Manor award to Korine is a celebration of the infinite forms of cinema.”

The Locarno Film Festival’s Pardo d’onore Manor (“Leopard of Honor”) has been awarded to cineastes such as Manoel de Oliveira, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Agnès Varda, Michael Cimino, Marco Bellocchio, John Waters and, in 2022, Kelly Reichardt.

The 76th Locarno Film Festival will take place from August 2 to 12, 2023.

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