The Locarno Film Festival will celebrate veteran Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio with its Pardo d’onore Swisscom and also screen the freshly restored version of his 1965 debut, dysfunctional family drama “Fists in the Pocket.”
“Fists” was pretty incendiary in its day, starring a Brando-esque Lou Castel as a rich young epileptic tearing apart his family with fratricide, matricide and even suggested sister incest. It first screened at Locarno.
“We are showing the film in a restored print as both an appropriate tribute to the start of his trajectory as a major filmmaker, and an indication of a programming policy that has remained faithful to its principles,” said Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a statement.
The restored print produced by Bellocchio’s Kavac Film and executed by the Cineteca di Bologna film archives and its “L’immagine ritrovata” laboratories, with support from Giorgio Armani, will screen on Locarno’s Piazza Grande on August 14. The Match Factory is selling internationally.
Bellocchio will also hold a master class at the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge cinema.
Bellocchio’s vast body of work, which spans from “Fists” to 2012 euthanasia-themed “Dormant Beauty,” has debunked hypocrisy in Italian society at every opportunity.
Previous recipients of the Locarno career nod include Samuel Fuller, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Sidney Pollack, William Friedkin, JIA Zhang-ke, Alain Tanner, Werner Herzog and, in 2014, Agnes Varda.
The 68th edition of Locarno will run August 5-15