Lucca Film Festival to Honor Oliver Stone

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Directors Aki Kaurismaki and Olivier Assayas also will be feted.

Tuscany’s Lucca Film Festival is expecting an international red carpet come April. Oliver Stone will receive the festival’s main lifetime achievement award, which in previous years has honored directors including David Lynch and William Friedkin.

And this year’s festivities also will honor European directors Aki Kaurismaki and Olivier Assayas and actors Willem Dafoe and Valeria Golino.

The festival will dedicate a complete retrospective of the works of three-time Oscar winner Stone, from Seizure (1974) to Snowden (2016). He’ll be feted with the festival’s spotlight prize and will be on hand to host a master class open to the public.

Finnish director Kaurismaki and French director Assayas will be celebrated with career retrospectives and lifetime achievement awards. Kaurismaki will present the Italian premiere of his Berlinale-winning film The Other Side of Hope.

Rome-based actors Golino and Dafoe will be on hand to meet with the public. They’ll be celebrated with lifetime achievement awards for their long careers working across genres.

Other retrospectives scheduled will honor the works of Cristi Puiu, Bruno Monsaingeon and Giada Colagrande.

And the final lifetime achievement award will go to cult director Julien Temple (Absolute Beginners), who will inaugurate the festival’s exhibition dedicated to punk in art and cinema in the '70s and '80s. Temple will meet with festivalgoers to discuss the relationship between image and music.

This year’s festival will once again host an international film contest with 14 films competing for the main prize, and an international short film competition. Lucca Film Festival takes place in Lucca and Viareggio, April 2-9.