Venice Film Festival: Brian De Palma to Receive Career Achievement Award

Rob McEwan
Brian De Palma

The director, winner of Venice's Silver Lion for 'Redacted,' will receive the prestigious Glory to the Filmmaker Award.

American director Brian De Palma will receive more than one tribute in Venice this year.

The helmer of Scarface, Mission:Impossible and The Untouchables will be honored with Venice's Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which singles out individuals who have made particularly original contributions to cinema today.

“The child of an artistic era (the ‘70s) full of innovative ferment, Brian De Palma has made a name for himself as one of the most skillful directors in constructing perfect narrative mechanics with great creative freedom, experimenting with new technical solutions, rejecting the classic rules of the language, abandoning himself to esthetic virtuosity and celebrating his favorite authors,” said Venice Director Alberto Barbera in a statement.

As previously announced, the Venice festival this year will also celebrate the global premiere of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary De Palma. The film chronicles a decade of conversations between the directors. De Palma will attend the festival and will receive his award on Sept. 9 ahead of the screening of the De Palma doc.

“De Palma’s cinema is playful to the nth degree; it is a pleasure for the eyes and at the same time a game that tantalizes the cinephile, Barbera said. “He has never lost the curiosity of the experimenter as he reinvents the already-seen, and when it comes to constructing and manipulating images, this fundamental trait makes De Palma one of the greatest innovators who came of age in the shadow of the New Hollywood.”

The director is a favorite on the Lido. Over De Palma’s 60-year career, he has presented seven films at the Venice Film Festival, including Sisters (1975), Blow Out (1981), The Untouchables (1987), Raising Cain (1992), The Black Dahlia (2006), Redacted (2007), which won the Silver Lion, and Passion (2012).

Previous recipients of the Glory to the Filmmaker Award include Abbas Kiarostami, Agnes Varda, Al Pacino, Spike Lee, Ettore Scola, and last year, James Franco, who turned his award ceremony into a film shoot.

The Venice Film Festival runs Sept. 2-12. 

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