Venice fest honoring Ermanno Olmi

He'll receive lifetime achievement award in fall

ROME -- Iconoclastic Italian director Ermanno Olmi will add another Venice honor to his list of awards when the festival presents him with the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at this year's edition.

Olmi, 76, has a Golden Lion from 1988 for the drama "La Leggenda del santo bevitore" (The Legend of the Holy Drinker), a Silver Lion from 1987 for his work on the comedy "Lunga vita alla signora" (Long Live the Lady!) and a special Venice critics award from 1961 for "Il Posto" (The Sound of Trumpets).

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Olmi's first visit to the Venice festival in 1958, when he arrived on the Lido with two of his first documentaries.

Venice artistic director Marco Mueller praised Olmi as an Italian director who has chosen to "live outside all the standard fashions and trends."

Olmi is still directing. His drama "Centochiodi" (One Hundred Nails) garnered seven David di Donatello nominations last year, resulting in one win, Olmi's 10th Donatello honor.

The 65th Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6.
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