Al Pacino will be awarded the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 award at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. The award celebrates artists who have “left an original mark on contemporary cinema”, and was originally created in collaboration between Le-Coultre and Venice organisers Biennale di Venezia.
Festival director Marco Mueller describes Pacino as “an amazing director, whose presence is precious and original, and who enriches the world of contemporary cinema”. The award ceremony is planned to precede the world premiere of Pacino’s latest directorial effort, Wild Salome, on the 4th of September. With the film, Pacino uses “documentary, fiction and improvisation” to unravel and re-interpret the “scintillating tale of lust, greed and one woman’s scorn” of Oscar Wilde’s once-banned play Salome. Pacino features both as himself and King Herod, alongside