Venice Celebrates Frances McDormand With Visionary Talent Award

4:53 AM PST 08/14/2014 by Ariston Anderson
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Frances McDormand

The American actress will be feted in Venice at a special ceremony before 'Olive Kitteridge'

Actress Frances McDormand will be honored with the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

McDormand will receive the award on September 1, following by a screening of Olive Kitteridge, a project that McDormand initiated by optioning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout. The four-part HBO miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko also stars Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins. McDormand executive produced alongside Jane Anderson, Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks.

“Thanks to her long-standing experience in theatre, film and TV, dedicated to the search for truth, the career of Frances McDormand is not only that of an extraordinary actress,” said festival director Alberto Barbera, “but also reflects her consistent vision of art and of the world that is often in positive and aware contrast with today’s prevailing value system.”

McDormand is a four-time Oscar nominee Mississippi Burning (1988), Almost Famous (2000), North Country (2005) and Fargo (1996), for which she took home the prize. Other notable performances include roles in Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Short Cuts and Moonrise Kingdom. McDormand lives in New York City with her husband and frequent collaborator, Joel Coen.

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