The 87 year old Italian director is to receive a career achievement award at the festival.

Veteran Italian director Francesco Rosi is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival, which opens 4 August.  

Rosi, who won the Palme D’Or in 1972 for The Mattei Affair, will be presented with his award at a special ceremony on 13th August. It will coincide with a screening of his 1970 film, Many Wars Ago starring Gian Maria Volonté and Alain Cuny, in a print restored by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale.

The politically minded director will also take part in a Q&A session, chaired by film historian Sergio Toffetti.

“We are honoured and delighted to pay tribute to maestro Rosi, said Locarno’s artistic director Olivier Père.Throughout his entire career he has taken on and dealt with difficult and sensitive subjects using an intense and inventive cinematic approach. His civic engagement, forceful denunciation and unconventional creativity will remain a shining example for generations to come.”