Dylan’s career as an actor and director will be celebrated at the Swiss Indie Film Festival during an August ceremony. 4 in the 8,000-seat Piazza Grande in the open, followed by a conversation on stage the next day.
Screenings will include Gus Van Sant’s “Drug Cowboy” (1989), which includes Dylan’s powerful portrayal as a “drug monster,” as he calls himself, who steals pharmaceuticals from Portland drugstores, and Ghost Town (2003), co-authored, directed and co-starred with James Caan, Gerard Depardieu and Stellan Skarsgård.
In a statement, Locarno praised Dylan for “moving into multiple cinematic territories,” starting with his 14th debut in Jonathan Kaplan’s rebellious drama “Over the Edge,” ending with his work with Francis Ford Coppola. who played the young Dylan in “The Outsiders” (1983) and “Rumble Fish” (1983), then embarked on genre films that are now cult classics such as “There’s Something About Mary” (1998) by the Farrell brothers and in works by European authors such as Lars von “The House That Jack Built” (2018) by Trier and more recently “Nimic” by George Lantimos (2019).
Other notable titles Dylan has featured are Cameron Crowe’s Singles (1992); Ted Deme’s Roma girl Beautiful Girls (1996) with Uma Thurman and Natalie Portman; and directed by Paul Haggis’ Crash (2004), in which Dylan plays a racist cop and for which he won an Oscar nomination.
In 2014, Dylan starred in the Chad Hodge TV series “Wayward Pines”, executive producer M. Knight Shamalan. Apple’s comedy series “High Desert”, directed by Jay Roach, will soon be released, in which Dylan co-stars with Patricia Arquette.
Dylan’s second feature film as a director, El Gran Fellove, about Cuban skate singer and showman Francisco ‘el Gran’ Fellove, premiered in San Sebastian in 2020.
“Matt Dylan embodies with supreme freedom an idea of the American artist and film we deeply love: the anxiety of youth and the freedom of maturity,” Locarno artistic director Giona A. Nazaro said in a statement.
Nazaro continued to praise Dylan as “an artist who has built lasting success over the generations without fear of exploring new challenges and languages.”
Locarno’s 75th anniversary will take place in August. 4-14.