Locarno Festival to honour comedy legend John Landis

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jun 21, 2021, 04:50 PM IST


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John Landis will receive the award on August 13 at Locarno’s Piazza Grande

Filmmaker John Landis, who is known for his comedy films including ‘Animal House’, ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘Trading Places’, will be honoured by the Locarno International Film Festival with its lifetime achievement honour, the Pardo d’onore Manor award.

John Landis will receive the award on August 13 at Locarno’s Piazza Grande. 

Also, the festival will screen three of his films during the festival: Animal House, Trading Places, and Innocent Blood. 

John, 70, has directed some of the most successful and influential comedies of all time, including ‘The Kentucky Fried Movie’ (1977), ‘An American Werewolf in London’ (1981), and ‘Coming to America’ (1988). He was one of the first directors to bring the alternative American comedy scene of the 1970s into mainstream cinema and his influence on subsequent generations of filmmakers has been immense.

Landis also made history as the director, and co-writer, of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.
Previous winners of Locarno’s Pardo d’onore award include Ken Loach, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, and Agnès Varda.

The 74th Locarno International Film Festival runs from August 4-14, 2021.