Leopard Club Award

Named after the Association which supports the Festival, the Leopard Club Award pays homage to the protagonists of contemporary cinema.

During its 77th edition (7-17 August) the Locarno Film Festival will give Irène Jacob, the celebrated French-Swiss actor, the Leopard Club Award 2024, named after the Festival’s official supporting association, and show the classic Trois Couleurs : Rouge (1994) by Krzysztof Kieślowski. 

Leopard Club Award 2024 to Irène Jacob

“Irène Jacob is one of cinema’s most mysterious and sublime presences. Her every performance manifests the elusive precision of a presence so completely identified with the film’s images as to become virtually part of the cinematography. Her skill in surrendering herself to the directors’ gaze and then, on the contrary, to vigorously embodying the character, taking charge of it, is the sign of a refined and knowingly instinctual art. Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with highly distinguished auteurs like Krzysztof Kieślowski, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wim Wenders, Theo Angelopoulos, Agnieszka Holland, and Claude Lelouch without renouncing the pleasures of the industry and its entertainments, where she has worked with commercial directors of the caliber of John Badham and Stuart Baird. Irène Jacob has personified with taste and sensitivity the very idea of playing the part, without having ceased her evolution as an artist. Jacob is a veritable treasure of the cinema.” 

Giona A. Nazzaro , Artistic Director

Past winners
  • 2013 Faye Dunaway
  • 2014 Mia Farrow
  • 2015 Andy Garcia
  • 2016 Stefania Sandrelli
  • 2017 Adrien Brody
  • 2018 Meg Ryan
  • 2019 Hilary Swank
  • 2021 Kasia Smutniak
  • 2022 Daisy Edgar-Jones
  • 2023 Stellan Skarsgård
  • 2024 Irène Jacob