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Ferrara to get Locarno fest honor

Famed helmer to sneak preview upcoming pic

Abel Ferrara will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival with its Swisscom Leopard of Honor for career achievement.

Ferrara — praised by Locarno artistic director Olivier Pere as “a maestro with the soul of a rock rebel and a distinctive spirituality” — will sneak-preview footage from his upcoming pic, the apocalyptic “4:44 Last Day on Earth,” starring Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh, co-produced by Fabula, Funny Balloons and Wild Bunch.

The ceremony will take place Aug. 5 at Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande, Europe’s largest open-air venue. Ferrara will also hold a masterclass.

A selection of Ferrara’s pics, including “King of New York,” “Bad Lieutenant,” and “Mary” will unspool as part of the tribute.

The fest’s 64th edition will run Aug. 3-13.

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