Locarno to laud 2 helmers

Fest head honors 'great directors'

ROME — Helmers Wim Wenders and Abbas Kiarostami will be honored with career Golden Leopards at the 58th Locarno Film Festival, which runs Aug. 3-13.

“These are great directors who embody two different, yet complementary, ways of making movies, one from the West and one from the East,” said artistic director Irene Bignardi, explaining her reason for bestowing two career nods this year.

Prizes will be presented on separate evenings, with a pic by each honoree unspooling on the giant screen of the Swiss lakeside resort’s 7,000-seat, open-air Piazza Grande arena.

Locarno also unveiled its main jury: U.S. writer David Leavitt, Italian visual artist Valerio Adami, Belgrade-born French illustrator Enki Bilal, Iranian actress and helmer Niki Karimi, Taiwanese helmer Tsai Ming-liang and Indian writer and helmer Aparna Sen.

Lineup for the fest, Bignardi’s last as topper, will be announced July 13.

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