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Al Pacino to get 'Glory to the Filmmaker' Award at Venice film fest

May 6, 2011 - London

US actor-director Al Pacino, recently nominated for a Tony Award, will be honored at this year's Venice Film Festival with the 'Glory to the Filmmaker' Award.

The honor is given to an artist who has left an 'original mark' on contemporary cinema.acino, 71, will receive the award on 4 September, ahead of the premiere of his new film 'Wilde Salome' at the festival, reports the BBC.

The documentary, which explores the Oscar Wilde play Salome, marks Pacino's third stint behind the camera.

The Oscar-winning actor, who describes the film as his 'most personal project ever', also plays the role of Herod in the feature.

Festival director Marco Mueller called Pacino 'an amazing director whose experience is precious and original and enriches the world of contemporary film'.

The Venice Film Festival begins on 31 August and runs until 10 September.


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