ROME — The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Sam Peckinpah with a complete retrospective of the maverick Hollywood director’s works, which include landmark Western “The Wild Bunch,” once called the “Citizen Kane” of the Vietnam generation, and other groundbreaking films such as “Straw Dogs,” “Ride the High Country” and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.”
The Swiss festival dedicated to indie cinema will present Peckinpah’s complete filmography – with several films screened in newly restored prints – and a selection of his efforts for television ranging from works he wrote, produced or co-directed to those in which he performed as an actor. The screenings will be accompanied by discussions and a roundtable led by invited critics and filmmakers.
The retro is curated by Italian film programmer and historian Roberto Turigliatto.
Co-organizers are the Cinémathèque suisse in Lausanne, and the Cinémathèque française in Paris, which will host the entire program in September.
Many other film institutions around the world, including Lincoln Center in New York, the Filmpodium in Zurich, Les Cinémas du Grütli in Gineva, and the National Cinema Museum in Turin, will screen part of the Peckinpah program.
“With Sam Peckinpah the festival pays tribute to both classical and post-modern cinema; to both genre films and auteur films. To the kinds of films that get made against all odds and to moviemaking that resists any form of interference,” said Locarno artistic topper Carlo Chatrian in a statement.
A publication/catalog dedicated to the event will be published by Capricci and will be available in French, English and Spanish.
The 68th edition of Locarno will run August 5-15.