Italian actor and director Giancarlo Giannini will attend the 67° Festival del film Locarno as one of the guests of honor of the Titanus retrospective and will receive an Excellence Award Moët & Chandon.
Following his successes in the theater, directed by Zeffirelli, and on television, Giancarlo Giannini made his film debut in 1965 in Gino Mangini’s I criminali della metropoli. In 1967 his talents as a singer and dancer led him to take on the “musicarello” genre, the Italian-style musical that was so characteristic of the whole decade. The film was Non stuzzicate la zanzara directed by Lina Wertmüller, with Rita Pavone. This Titanus production marked the start of a prolific association with the Roman filmmaker with whom he was to work on 9 films altogether, including Seven Beauties, which earned Giannini an Oscar nomination in 1977.
Giannini featured in another two Titanus films: Stasera mi butto (Ettore Maria Fizzarotti, 1967), another musicarello, and Valerio Zurlini’s Indian Summer (1972), alongside Alain Delon.
Playing a wide variety of roles and in a range of genres for such masters as Luchino Visconti, Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Alberto Lattuada, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Martin Scorsese, Giancarlo Giannini represents one of the most recognizable and most potent faces in international cinema of the last fifty years.
Giancarlo Giannini will receive the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon on the Piazza Grande on the evening of Tuesday 12 August. As per Locarno tradition, the next day the Festival audience will have the opportunity to attend an “In Conversation” session with the actor at the Spazio Cinema (Forum), Wednesday, 13 August, at 12:00.
A series of screenings will accompany this tribute. In addition to Non stuzzicate la zanzara and Indian Summer, screened as part of the Titanus retrospective, there will also be a screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lili Marleen (1981) in his honor.
Carlo Chatrian, the Festival’s Artistic Director comments: “I am very proud to be able to welcome to Locarno Giancarlo Giannini, one of the actors who has best embodied, and continues to do so, the great traditions of Italian cinema, to which Locarno is according a special highlight this year. His versatility and range of acting ability have not only guaranteed him an extraordinary career but also make him exceptional in terms of bearing witness to that plurality of languages (spoken, styles, characters) that we defend so vigorously at Locarno. I am certain that for the international audience here at the Festival the award and the “In Conversatio” with Giancarlo Giannini will be one of the highlights of the forthcoming edition.”
Previous recipients of the Excellence Award include Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Michel Piccoli, Toni Servillo, Isabelle Huppert, Gael García Bernal and, in 2013, Sir Christopher Lee and Victoria Abril. Moët & Chandon is offering this award for the sixth consecutive year.
An Excellence Award Moët & Chandon is also being presented to Juliette Binoche this year.
The 67 edition of the Festival del film Locarno will take place 6 – 16 August.