Almodovar To Get Venice Film Festival Lifetime Award
Chand Sahkeel 11 days ago Fri 14th June 2019 | 11:34 PM
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar will receive a Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival this year, the organisers said on Friday
They called the 69-year-old filmmaker the "greatest and most influential Spanish director" since Luis Bunuel last century.
Almodovar "has offered us the most multifaceted, controversial, and provocative portraits of post-Franco Spain," festival director Alberto Barbera said in a press release.
"The topics of transgression, desire, and identity are the terrain of choice for his films, which he imbues with corrosive humour and adorns with a visual splendour." Almodovar has directed 21 feature films, including "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!", "High Heels" and "All About My Mother".
He said in a statement he was "excited and honoured" by the prize.
This year he was back at Cannes, where he presented his 21st film, "Pain and Glory" with Antonio Banderas.
Banderas received the festival's best actor award for his role as a filmmaker in crisis.