Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Roger Corman

Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Roger Corman

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Locarno Film Festival (August 3-13) is to pay tribute to Roger Corman, the cult US filmmaker known as the "king of the B-movie" whose features include The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Death Race 2000 (1975) and Piranha (1978).

The 69th edition of the festival will screen two of his films - The Intruder (1962) and Masque of the Red Death (1964) - and the 90-year-old filmmaker will also hold a masterclass.

In addition, Corman will be guest of honour at Locarno's Filmmakers Academy, a training project for young directors, which this year received more than 290 applications and selected 15 participants including Leonor Teles, winner of Berlin's Golden Bear for Best Short Film, and emerging talents from Ethiopia and Madagascar among others.

Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: "Merely mentioning the name Roger Corman evokes an approach to understanding and making films that is synonymous with freedom and independence. …

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