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From its inception until the present day, cinema could not have surprised us so much without the courage, audacity and prescient gaze of those who have chosen to support freethinking and visionary projects. This is why, since 2002, the Locarno Film Festival has awarded the Best Producer Award (Premio Raimondo Rezzonico) to figures who have played a major role in international production.
The award ceremony, held in the prestigious setting of Piazza Grande, is paired with a program of representative titles from the careers of the past awardeed, as well as occasions during which the public is invited to delve more deeply into their work. In recent years, thanks to the awards given to Mike Medavoy, Arnon Milchan, Jeremy Thomas, Ted Hope and many more, a journey has been undertaken among the most innovative realities of international production. A journey that will resume its course during the 2021 edition, with the new Best Producer Award (Premio Raimondo Rezzonico): Gale Anne Hurd.
Gale Anne Hurd has revolutionized our conception of what action cinema looks like. In a domain where the male gaze ruled supreme, she imposed a completely new, explosive and engaging sensibility. By producing the work of emerging and innovative directors like James Cameron and Michael Bay, and by playing with and re-writing the rule books for genres from sci-fi to action, not forgetting adventure and drama, she played a decisive role in shaping mythologies like The Terminator and rebooting the disaster movie in films such as Armageddon. For television, she revived the zombie canon with The Walking Dead. The prize for Gale Anne Hurd pays homage to a visionary Producer with an infallible gaze, whose work has left an indelible mark on Hollywood and on the collective imaginary.
Giona A. Nazzaro