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Locarno Fest to Fete Douglas Trumbull

Vfx master to receive Vision Award

ROME — The Locarno Film Festival is paying homage to Douglas Trumbull, who will receive the Swiss fest’s new Vision Award and hold two masterclasses about his pioneering visual effects work.

Locarno, which is dedicated to quality pics and cutting-edge cinema, will also be tributing Trumbull’s groundbreaking vfx artistry with screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Silent Running,” the eco-themed sci-fier he directed in 1972.

His masterclasses will be about his work on “Blade Runner,” “Encounters” and “Space.”

“Trumbull has always known how to look a bit further afar than others,” said Locarno artistic topper Carlo Chatrian in a statement. “And he’s always done this from a doggedly independent standpoint that brought him close to cinema’s great artisan-masters. Directors such as Kubrick, Spielberg, Scott and Malick have always wanted him by their side to help carry out their desires to innovate.”

Locarno’s new prize, being launched by Chatrian at his first edition at the helm, is sponsored by Electronic Studio, the event’s official technical partner.

The 66th edition of the fest will run Aug. 7-17.

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