Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way) will receive the Venice Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award. The award, to be presented September 9, is dedicated to filmmakers who have made an outstanding contribution to cinema over the years. Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s feature-length docu De Palma will world premiere out of competition after the award is presented. The film grew out of the two directors’ spending time with De Palma for more than a decade.
“The child of an artistic era (the ’70s) full of innovative ferment, Brian De Palma has made a name for himself as one of the most skillful directors in constructing perfect narrative mechanics with great creative freedom, experimenting with new technical solutions, rejecting the classic rules of the language, abandoning himself to aesthetic virtuosity, and celebrating his favorite authors,” Venice fest director Alberto Barbera said. “When watching a movie by Brian De Palma, we revert to being basic spectators. Although our eyes are wide open to avoid falling into the trap, we know full well we’re bound to fall into it anyway. De Palma’s cinema is playful to the nth degree; it is a pleasure for the eyes and at the same time a game that tantalizes the cinéphile. He has never lost the curiosity of the experimenter as he reinvents the already-seen, and when it comes to constructing and manipulating images, this fundamental trait makes De Palma one of the greatest innovators who came of age in the shadow of the New Hollywood.”
The filmmaker has a long history with Venice, screening seven film on the Lido. His 2007 Iraq drama Redacted won the Silver Lion.