Italian director Bellocchio to get lifetime award in Venice
Sunday 08 May 2011
Italian director Marco Bellocchio will get the lifetime achievement award at this year's Venice Film Festival, organisers said on Sunday, hailing him as "one of the biggest names in modern cinema".
Festival director Marco Mueller described the 71-year-old Bellocchio in a statement as "an indefatigable walker, a transporter of ideas, an explorer of the unstable boundary between himself, cinema and history."
The festival will be shown a new version of his film "In the Name of the Father" from 1972, which was a sharp condemnation of the Catholic Church.
One of Bellocchio's most recent works, "Vincere", is based on a story about Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's secret lover and illegitimate son.
His first film - "I Pugni in Tasca" ("Fists in the Pocket") from 1965 - was a story about stifling Italian family life and became an instant cult hit.
Previous winners of the Golden Lion career prize include David Lynch, Clint Eastwood, Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola and Charlie Chaplin. The prize last year was picked up by cult Hong Kong film director and producer John Woo.
The Venice film festival starts on August 31.
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