Pedro Almodovar to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival

Published on Jun 14, 2019

Pedro Almodovar to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival

Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar will be honored by the Venice Film Festival with a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

The Spanish director, 69, is having a good year after his “Pain and Glory” was recently one of the standout movies in competition in Cannes, where it was praised by Variety’s Peter Debruge as “a remarkable mature meta-fiction, exploring the emotional scars that underlie his own physical frailty.” Lead actor and frequent Almodovar collaborator Antonio Banderas won the award for best actor in Cannes for his depiction of an aging director loosely based on Almodovar himself.

“I am very excited and honored by the gift of this Golden Lion,” Almodovar said in a statement.

Almodovar is the second person set to be feted during Venice’s upcoming edition. Oscar-winning actress Julie Andrews’ Golden Lion was announced in March. The two honorees follow the pattern of Venice awarding career prizes to an actor and a director.

Read full article at: Variety - Film News

Author: Nick Vivarelli