Producer to receive Raimondo Rezzonico award
ROME — The Locarno Film Festival will fete U.S. producer Mike Medavoy at its 64th edition.The Swiss lakeside fest will hand Medavoy its Raimondo Rezzonico award dedicated to producers who epitomize the fest’s auteur ethos. In a statement, Locarno praised Medavoy, who was born in Shanghai and raised in Chile before becoming one of Hollywood’s most prominent producers, as among the “most visionary personalities in American cinema for having discovered and believed in the New Hollywood directors, from the end of the 1960s onwards,” including Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, and their successors. Locarno artistic topper Olivier Pere called Medavoy “a bold producer,” noting that in his nearly 40-year career he “shepherded the best American auteurs, and recently provided ulterior proof of his vision producing Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’.” Medavoy will hold a masterclass in Locarno where a selection of the pics he had a hand in, including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Dancing with Wolves” and “Black Swan” will unspool. Previous recipients of the Rezzonico prize, in memory of Locarno’s late president, include Jeremy Thomas, Christine Vachon and Menahem Golan. The Locarno fest will run Aug. 3-13.