Locarno To Fete Victoria Abril

Spanish actress to receive fest's Excellence Award

Spanish actress Victoria Abril will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival with its Excellence Award Moët & Chandon on the Swiss fest’s Piazza Grande on Aug. 10

Abril, muse to Pedro Almodóvar, will be celebrated with screenings of Almodóvar’s “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”  and also of “101 Reykjavik,” the first pic by Icelandic-helmer-gone-to-Hollywood Baltasar Kormákur whose buddy cop actioner “2 Guns” is this year’s Locarno opener on Aug. 7.

Victoria Abril  will arrive to add a splash of color to a festival that aims to be  home to the full range of cinema,” said artistic topper Carlo Chatrian, who is making his debut this year.

Previous recipients of the Excellence Award include Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Michel Piccoli, Toni Servillo, Isabelle Huppert and, last year, Charlotte Rampling and Gael García Bernal.

This year’s other Excellence Award recipient is Christopher Lee, as previously announced.

Fest’s 66th edition will run August 7-17.

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