Al Pacino will accept the Venice International Film Festival’s Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award, which was created with Jaeger-Le Coultre to honor an artist’s original mark on contemporary cinema. Recent recipients include Abbas Kiarostami (2008) and Sylvester Stallone (2009). Fest director Marco Mueller calls Pacino an “an amazing director, whose experience is precious and original, and enriches the world of contemporary film.”
Pacino the filmmaker will be awarded on September 4 during the 68th Venice fest (August 31- September 10) at which time his third feature, Wilde Salome, will also premiere. The documentary delves into Pacino’s personal world as he investigates Oscar Wilde’s play Salome and rising star Jessica Chastain (pictured together). Pacino says: “There is nowhere else I would rather debut Wilde Salome than at Venice, because of its rich artistic history. Wilde Salome is an exploration into the world of Oscar Wilde the artist and in Salome, the emancipation of a work that lives on.” The film will be released this fall.
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Al Pacino has become a lasting and iconic figure in the world of American cinema. Pacino started on the stage in the mid 1960s and his heart still remains there today. In 1969 he broke through on screen with the film, Me, Natalie. With the role of Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s Award winning The Godfather, Pacino launched a career that has cemented him not only as an acting legend but as a cultural icon, with roles in such films as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Scarface. Pacino has never lost his dedication to the theatre, most recently receiving a Tony Award Nomination for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice. In Looking for Richard he examined Shakespeare’s cultural relevance with Richard III and won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. He has provided audiences with indelible performances in films such as Glengarry Glen Ross, Carlito’s Way, Heat, The Devil’s Advocate, The Insider and Scent of a Woman, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, after receiving seven previous nominations. He has won the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and is currently the co-President of The Actors Studio in New York. Pacino’s commitment to acting and directing as a profession has established him as one of cinema’s true legends.
Wilde Salome offers an unprecedented behind the scenes look at Pacino’s odyssey: a master class of insight into this cultural icon. Pacino’s raw exploration of “Salome” is one of obsession, determination, commitment and above all, passion. Wilde Salome is unlike any other documentary, a profound vision of religion, literature, politics, violence and sexuality from one of the greatest artists of our time. Wilde Salome will be released this fall and stars Al Pacino (Herod), Jessica Chastain (Salomé), and Kevin Anderson (John the Baptist), and is produced by Barry Navidi and Robert Fox, in association with Salome Productions.
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