News  ·  29 | 07 | 2022

The Excellent Aaron

Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro on Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the recipient of Locarno75’s Excellence Award Davide Campari, the present and future of American cinema

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He has the extraordinary capacity, shared with the great English actors, to play any part and still remain himself, unmistakably himself, and yet always in service of the character and story. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is one of the most interesting actors working today, in constant transformation. From his boyhood performance as a young Charlie Chaplin to the success of Kick-Ass, not to mention his role in R.E.M.'s magnificent ÜBerlin video, he's been able to carve out his own, recognizable space. That's why we're giving him the Excellence Award Davide Campari. He's a young, bold actor, capable of facing diverse personal challenges and always forward-thinking. Just like the Locarno Film Festival. It's all about vision and moving forward, without stopping and without forgetting to surprise oneself and the audience. Aaron Taylor-Johnson has that taste for things yet to come, for games still to be played.

Giona A. Nazzaro