Michael Cimino to Get Lifetime Achievement Award From Locarno Film Fest

ROME — Michael Cimino will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival where the reclusive director of “The Deer Hunter” will receive a lifetime achievement nod and hold an onstage conversation.

The Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema will award Cimino a Pard of honor Swisscom career nod in a ceremony on its open-air Piazza Grande on August 9. A mini-retro of his work will also unspool, comprising his 1974 directorial debut “Thuderbolt and Lightfoot,” starring Clint Eastwood and a young Jeff Bridges; “The Deer Hunter,” which won five Oscars in 1978; “Heaven’s Gate” (1980); and “Year of the Dragon” (1985).

Previous recipients of the award include Samuel Fuller, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Sidney Pollack, William Friedkin, Jia Zhangke, Alain Tanner, Werner Herzog and Agnes Varda last year.

Fest’s 68th edition will run August 5-15.

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