Italian director and screenwriter Francesco Rosi will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 69th Venice International Film Festival which will take place from 29 August – 8 September 2012.
Rosi’s Le mani sulla città(Hands over the City) won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 1963, Il caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair) won the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1972, and Salvatore Giuliano won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1961.
Francesco Rosi, who will turn 90 on November 15th this year, will be given the award on August 31st, on the occasion of the screening of the restored copy of his masterpiece Il caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair, 1972), a restoration completed by Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation.
The Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, has stated: “In his long though not very prolific career, Rosi has left an indelible mark on the history of Italian filmmaking after World War II. His work has influenced generations of filmmakers around the world for its method, style, moral severity and the ability to bring urgent social issues onto the screen.”
Francesco Rosi has stated: “I am honoured and very happy to receive this extremely prestigious acknowledgment, which has been awarded in the past to many great authors whom I love and admire.”