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Oscar-winning film editor Bob Murawski (The Hurt Locker, Spider-Man) will be the first recipient of the new Campari Passion for Film award at the upcoming 75th Venice Film Festival.
The new honor is meant to recognize extraordinary contributions made by below-the-line contributors, including cinematographers, editors, composers, production designers and costume designers, who are rarely honored on the big stage at Europe’s top film festivals.
Bob Murawski will be honored on Aug. 31 prior to the out of competition screening world premiere of his latest work, the painstaking recreation of Orson Welles’ final unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind. Netflix will release the movie this fall.
In 2009, Murawski, together with his frequent co-editor and wife Chris Innis, won the Academy Award for best editing for The Hurt Locker. Known for his longtime collaboration with Sam Raimi on Army of Darkness, The Gift, Spiderman 1, 2, and 3, Drag Me to Hell and Oz the Great and Powerfull, Murawski’s other credits include Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island.
Festival Director Alberto Barbera said that Murawski was chosen as the inaugural recipient for his great “ability to establish a creative relationship with numerous directors, right as filming begins, as with Sam Raimi; his passion for genre cinema, which inspired him to co-found a company which restores and distributes cult movies, above all horror films; a work method which permits him to successfully sort out hundreds of hours of footage, as in the case of The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow, for which he received an Oscar; and finally, his incredible work on an enormous quantity of 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm film which gave rise to the masterful reconstruction of Orson Welles’ unfinished movie, The Other Side of the Wind.”
Venice Film Festival takes place Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.
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