Bertolucci bags Venice's Lion

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Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci will be given the Venice Film Festival's honorary Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement, the festival said Monday.

Bertolucci — the director of such classics as 1972's "Last Tango in Paris" and 1987's Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor" — headed the Venice jury a quarter of a century ago but has never been nominated for any of the festival's major awards.

The 66-year-old helmer is "one of the greatest directors of contemporary cinema, whose work, between poetry and history, has left a deep mark on modern cinema," the Venice Biennale Foundation said.

Biennale president Davide Croff called Bertolucci "a great Italian filmmaker, with the courage to give a cosmopolitan dimension to his own personal inspiration."

The award will be presented Sept. 8 during the closing ceremony of the 64th edition of the festival, which will screen a restored version of Bertolucci's "Strategia del Rango" (The Spider's Stratagem) as part of its homage to the Parma-born director.

The festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.
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