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US actress cancels Locarno visit

American actress Anjelica Huston has pulled out of the 61st Locarno Film Festival, where she was due to receive the annual award for excellence.

Huston said she was unable to attend the event in August for personal reasons, organisers said on Monday.

The Locarno Excellence Award will be presented to her at a future date. It is presented to high-profile actors who have “enriched the cinema with their unique contribution”. Past winners include Susan Sarandon and Willem Dafoe.

Choke, a film starring Huston and directed by Clark Gregg, will still have an open-air showing at the festival, which runs from August 6-16.

The 57-year-old actress, who won an Oscar for Prizzi’s Honor in 1985, said she deeply regretted being unable to come. “I sincerely hope to be able to attend the festival next year,” she added.

There are 17 films in the international competition this year from 16 countries. Forty Swiss films will be shown at the festival. This year’s retrospective is devoted to Italian director Nanni Moretti, who has made films such as “The Son’s Room”, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2001.

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