Visibly excited Matt Dillon receives al Locarno Film Festival 2022 (on the bill from 3 to 13 August) the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award Lifetime Achievement Award. And next to her, on the red carpet in Piazza Grandethere is the Italian girlfriend Roberta Mastromichele.
“We love his idea of American cinema”
After the “long-distance” star Brad Pitt, who denied his retirement from the stage in connection with the Swiss festival, it’s time for the evergreen 58-year-old actor. “Matt Dillon embodies with supreme freedom an idea of American artist and cinema that we deeply love”, explained the director of the festival, Giona A. Nazzaro, motivating the recognition to the protagonist of Young warriors (1979), The boys of 56th street (1983), Rusty the savage (1983), Mister Wonderful (1993), To death (1995), Crash – Physical contact (2004) – for which it was Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor – Sunlight Jr. – Dreaming of happiness (2013), and many other hits.
“Here quality counts, not the box office”
Matt returns to Locarno where he had been almost thirty years ago for Cowboy Drugstorethe 1989 film by Gus Van Saintand comments on the prize received, awarded in past editions to Alain Delon, Harrison Ford, Harvey Keitel: «Incredible: twenty-seven years after my first visit! I hardly believe it, ”says the actor and director in an interview with Sette of Corriere della Sera. “The Locarno Film Festival is a special place because only the quality of the films counts there, not the box office.” Dillon’s program is full: red carpet, award ceremony, meeting with the public and screening of Cowboy Drugstore and of City of Ghoststhe 2002 film of which he is director.
Together for eight years
With him during the days on Lake Maggiore there is Roberta Mastromichele, a Roman actress and influencer with whom he lives in New York and with whom he has been a couple for eight years. A love story, born of a friendship, that the actor – engaged in the 90s to Cameron Diaz – tries to keep away from the spotlight. “Ours is a normal love story between a man and a woman,” she said.
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