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Canadian director David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
“I’ve always loved the Golden Lion of Venice,” the filmmaker said Thursday of the announcement. “A lion that flies on golden wings — that’s the essence of art, isn’t it? The essence of cinema. It will be almost unbearably thrilling to receive a Golden Lion of my own.”
Cronenberg’s early work mastered the horror and sci-fi genres with films including Scanners, Videodrome and The Fly. His later works often defy genre, but his psychological thrillers A History of Violence and Eastern Promises remain two of his most critically acclaimed works.
Cronenberg is a Cannes regular, having received its special jury prize for Crash in 1996 and its lifetime achievement award, the Carrosse d’Or, in 2006, and Julianne Moore won the fest’s best actress prize in 2014 for his film Maps to the Stars.
In Berlin in 1999, Cronenberg received the Silver Bear for eXistenZ, and in 2011, his film A Dangerous Method competed for a Golden Lion in Venice. Collectively, his films have received seven Golden Globe and four Academy Award nominations.
“Although Cronenberg was originally relegated to the margins of the horror genre, right from his first, scandalously subversive movies, the director has shown that he wants to take his audiences well beyond the cinema of exploitation, as he constructs an original and highly personal structure, movie after movie,” Venice festival director Alberto Barbera said in a statement.
The 75th Venice Film Festival is set to run Aug. 29-Sept. 8. Guillermo del Toro will serve as president of this year’s jury.
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