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Adrien Brody to receive 2017 Leopard Club Award

Adrien Brody

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In bestowing the Leopard Club Award on Adrien Brody, the 70th Locarno Festival will pay tribute to Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, who will receive the 2017 Leopard Club Award. Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist (2002), and has since demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by filmmakers in Hollywood and beyond.

Born in New York City and son of Sylvia Plachy, an artist and acclaimed photographer, and Elliot Brody, a retired history professor, Brody’s career’s starts with his role in the American sitcom Annie McGuire (1988). It is only after the film Bullet (1996) with Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke that his way to the top begins. After Eric Ross' Restaurant (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998) by Terrence Malick and Summer of Sam (1999) by Spike Lee it came to no surprise that Roman Polanski’s The Pianist brought him the Academy Award for Best Actor only at the age of 29. Brody’s interpretation of the pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman strikes for its poetic, powerful and tragic nature, very common features among the roles he played. The actor has since contributed to the success of many films by well-known directors such as Wes Anderson, Peter Jackson or Woody Allen.

Because of his multifaceted talent, the title actor doesn’t suit Brody, but finds a better definition in the word “artist”. His presence on the stage fascinates with roles like the ventriloquist Steven Schoichet in Dummy (2003), for which Brody learned the art of ventriloquism. In order to completely dive into the role of the pianist, the actor gave up all of his possessions and dedicated himself to learning Chopin’s pieces. Not only a director for films such as for the documentary Stone Barn Castel (2015) and being part of many short films, like most recent Come Together: A Fashion Picture in Motion (2016) by Wes Anderson, Brody is also a painter.

Locarno’s salute to Adrien Brody will include a screening of the film The Pianist and a meeting of the actor with the Festival public. Brody will receive the tribute of the Piazza Grande audience and the Festival on Friday 4th August.

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