Fest to fete Sarandon

Thesp to deliver master class at Locarno

LONDON — Susan Sarandon will join John Malkovich as a recipient of a Locarno Film Festival excellence award.

Like Malkovich, Sarandon will deliver a Variety master class during the fest, conducted as a Q&A by Variety film critic Leslie Felperin.

Sarandon, who won an Oscar for “Dead Man Walking” and has been Oscar-nommed for four other perfs, will be seen in the fall in Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown.”

Among other honorees at the Swiss-Italian lakeside fest will be Abbas Kiarostami, Wim Wenders, Jeremy Thomas, Vittorio Storaro and Terry Gilliam.

Event opens Aug. 3 with the world preem, in the town’s Piazza Grande, of Ketan Mehta’s “Mangal Pandey: The Rising,” a Bollywood drama centered on India’s first attempt at independence from the Brits in 1857. Fest closes Aug. 13 with Robert Altman’s 1975 classic “Nashville,” a favorite of fest topper Irene Bignardi, with star Geraldine Chaplin attending.

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