Venice taps Burton for life achievement

Festival also declares Sept. 5 Tim Burton Day

ROME -- Tim Burton will be honored with the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award and a Tim Burton Day at the 64th annual Venice International Film Festival in the fall, organizers said Wednesday.

Burton, whose credits include "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," "Batman," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," will celebrate his 49th birthday four days before the festival's Aug. 29 start.

Tim Burton Day will take place Sept. 5 and include a special "surprise offering," festival organizers said.

"Tim Burton is a cinematic genius, the most imaginative child of the new age of cinema," Venice artistic director Marco Muller said. "He has a unique talent of being able to imbue his fantasies with emotional depth."

This will not be Burton's first visit to Venice. The festival hosted the international premiere of Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 1994 and the world premiere of his Oscar-nominated "Corpse Bride" in 2005.