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Locarno fest digs Welles retrospective

Jeremy Thomas to get indie producer gong

BERLIN — A retrospective devoted to Orson Welles, including all his unfinished works, will be the main sidebar of the 58th Locarno Film Festival, announced by artistic director Irene Bignardi in Berlin on Tuesday.

The retro, including panel discussions by Welles scholars, is expected to total 70 slots, as per usual at the fest, which runs Aug. 3-13.

New and restored prints, presented in cooperation with the Munich and Lausanne archives, as well as with Welles’ companion during his last years, onetime actress Oja Kodar, will also include his TV work and films as an actor.

Stefan Droessler and Bernard Uhlmann are curators of the section — the first devoted to a single artist for several years.

The Raimondo Rezzonico Award for indie producer will go to the U.K.’s Jeremy Thomas.

Italo d.p. Vittorio Storaro will also receive a tribute and master class, with the Swiss-Italian lakeside town lit up by an “illumination scheme” devised by the cinematographer.

This year’s Open Doors section, which includes workshops, screenings and confabs between filmmakers and Euro industry reps, is devoted to Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

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