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Hilary Swank to Receive Locarno Festival Honor

Two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank will be honored at the 2019 Locarno International Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award.

Swank will receive the festival’s Leopard Club Award, given to “a major film personality whose work has made a lasting impact on the collective imagination.”

Making the announcement Wednesday, Lili Hinstin, Locarno’s new artistic director, called Swank “an actress whose roles and life story are emblematic of female strength and tenacity.”

Swank will attend Locarno to receive the award, which will be presented at the Swiss festival Aug. 9. Locarno will also screen the two films for which Swank won Oscars: Kimberly Peirce’s 1999 drama Boys Don’t Cry, in which Swank plays transgender teen Brandon Teena, who was raped and murdered in Nebraska in 1993; and Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (2004), in which Swank plays a female boxer who, after a brutal fight, is left a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic.

Swank has recently attracted attention for her television roles. She starred on the FX drama Trust, and has been tapped to topline Netflix’s upcoming space drama series Away as Emma Green, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind to command an international space crew embarking on a treacherous mission. Swank began her career in television with a recurring role in the late 1990s on Beverly Hills, 90210.

But the actress hasn’t abandoned the big screen. Swank starred in Grant Sputore’s Australian sci-fi thriller I Am Mother, which Netflix picked for North America out of Sundance, and Blumhouse recently cast her in its upcoming politically charged action-thriller The Hunt.

Swank is repped by WME, Management 360 and Jackoway Austen.

The 2019 Locarno Film Festival runs Aug. 7-17.

Source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com

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Oscar Winner Hilary Swank Joins ‘The Hunt’ At Universal

Two-time Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank is set to star in The Hunt, the Universal and Blumhouse political action-thriller from screenwriters Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse. Swank joins previously announced co-stars Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, and Glenn Howerton.

Z for Zachariah helmer Craig Zobel is directing the film, which explores escalating aggressiveness between the political right and left in America. The pic hits theaters September 27.

Producers are Jason Blum for his Blumhouse Productions and Lindelof for his White Rabbit shingle. Cuse and Zobel are executive producers. Universal execs Erik Baiers and Jay Polidoro are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

Source: https://deadline.com/

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Why Oscar-Winner Hilary Swank Agreed To Fight A Robot On Netflix

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank is known best for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry, but she’s taken to wearing a few somewhat surprising hats in the last few years. She tried on indie, madcap comedy in 2017’s Logan Lucky; in 2018, she graced the small screen as one of the Gettys in FX’s Trust. Next, she is trying dystopian sci-fi on for size in a thriller that Netflix scooped up at 2019’s Sundance Film Festival.

I Am Mother, on Netflix June 7, attempts to figure out what would happen if someone pressed the reset button on humanity and tried to start from scratch. Oh, and in this scenario, that someone is a master race of robots convinced that they can genetically engineer the perfect human and, through that perfect person, start a better version of the human race. Also Swank fights a robot voiced by Rose Byrne. Just a simple, light summer movie, for a casual Friday afternoon Netflix session, right?

Of course, fans of Swank’s work have come to expect tough, thought-provoking projects from the actor, so — robot fight and all — this new role is sort of a return to form. Swank plays the lone survivor of the original human race, Woman (she and the other two characters, Clara Rugaard’s Daughter and Byrne’s Mother have no names in the film). She finds her way to robot overlord Mother’s human hatchery, where she attempts to convince Mother’s child-created-in-a-lab, Daughter, that her robot parent isn’t telling her the whole truth.
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