The festival will screen three of her works including the recent I, Anna, directed by her son Barnaby Southcombe.

The Locarno Film Festival will present its annual Excellence Award to British actress Charlotte Rampling at a ceremony taking place on the festival’s opening night at the Piazza Grande (August 1).

The award is sponsored by Moet & Chandon.

Rampling will also take part in a public Q&A during the festival, which will screen a number of films starring the actress including I, Anna, Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter and Francois Ozon’s Under the Sand.

Olivier Père, the Festival’s artistic director, said: “I’m delighted to welcome to Locarno Charlotte Rampling, an enigmatic and fascinating actress whose unique magnetism and beauty have graced several landmarks in contemporary cinema. From Visconti to Lars von Trier, from Woody Allen to François Ozon, from Liliana Cavani to Nagisa Oshima, Charlotte Rampling, by turns deadly or vulnerable, has fascinated several major filmmakers, and millions of viewers besides”.

Previous recipients of the Excellent Award include Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe and, in 2011, Isabelle Huppert.

The Locarno Film Festival will run August 1-11.