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Peter Weir gets Venice Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion

Peter Weir gets Venice Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion

Prize part of 'folklore of our craft' says Australian director

ROME, 09 May 2024, 12:45

ANSA English Desk



Australian director and screenwriter Peter Weir will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion at the 81st Venice International Film Festival, which takes place from August 28 to September 7, the world's oldest cinema festival said on Thursday.
    "The Venice International Film Festival and its Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement are part of the folklore of our craft," said Weir, whose films include Dead Poets Society and The Truman Show, both of which premiered in Venice.
    "To be singled out as a recipient for a lifetime's work as a director is a considerable honour." The decision to award the prize to the 79-year-old was made by the board of the Venice Biennale after Festival Director Alberto Barbera proposed it.
    "In his films, Weir combines reflections on personal themes and a need to reach as vast an audience as possible," said Barbera.
    "Despite the diversity of the topics he addresses, it is not difficult to discover a constant in his daring, rigorous, and spectacular film opus: a sensitivity that allows him to deal with highly up-to-date topics, such as a fascination with nature and its mysteries, the crisis of adults in consumerist societies, the difficulties of educating young people about life, the temptation of physical and cultural isolation, but also the lure of adventurous impulses and the instinct for rebellion...
    "Celebrating a taste for storytelling and innate romanticism, Weir has reinforced his own role in the Hollywood establishment, all the while keeping his distance from the American movie industry".


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