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Venice Film Fest to honor Vittorio Gassman

Tribute includes Sept. 1 world premiere of doc on Italian actor

ROME -- The Venice Film Festival said Wednesday it would honor iconic Italian actor Vittorio Gassman with a special tribute on the tenth anniversary of his death.

The tribute, which has been rumored in the Italian press for weeks, will get underway with the Sept. 1 world premiere screening of the documentary "Vittorio racconta Gassman" ("Vittorio tells about Gassman"), based on footage of the actor speaking about his career. That date would have been Gassman's 88th birthday.

"The film dispels many of the stereotypes about my father," said Alessandro Gassman, a well-known Italian actor in his own right. The younger Gassman helped make the film, which was produced by Giancarlo Scarchilli.

The tribute will also include a screening of "Profumo di una donna" ("Scent of a Woman") from Dino Risi, one of the elder Gassman's best-known works.

In addition to the Gassman tribute, the festival also announced that Turko-German director Fatih Akin will preside over the jury that will select the winner of the Luigi de Laurentiis award for debut films. Akin won the jury prize at last year's Venice Film Festival for "Soul Kitchen."

The festival also announced the full jury for the Orizzonti sidebar, which will be chaired by Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat.