Jerzy Skolimowski to be Awarded the Golden Lion in Venice
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The director of Barrier, Identification Marks: None, and Four Nights with Anna will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, which will take place from 31 August to 10 September.
Last year, Skolimowski’s film 11 Minutes was presented in the main competition of the Venice Film Festival. The film went on to be selected as the Polish candidate to the 2015 Oscars in the foreign film category. This year, Skolimowski will return to Venice to receive the Golden Lion, awarded for the entirety of his work in film. Upon receiving news of the honour, Skolimowski spoke to the Polish Film Institute:
One of the first people to have ever received this exceptional award was my favourite director, Orson Welles. The list of recipients includes an amazing collection of some of the most prominent filmmakers from around the world. I am extremely grateful to the Festival and director Alberto Barbera for the honour of being included in such reputable company.
Among the recipients of the Venice Golden Lion – awarded since 1969 – are Michelangelo Antonioni, Eric Rohmer, Martin Scorsese, and Andrzej Wajda. Of the honour, Skolimowski said:
I take this as encouragement to continue working and as a form of recognition for contemporary Polish cinema. I will do my best not to let this success go to my head.
The most famous films of Skolimowski – a director, writer, painter, and actor – include the surreal Barrier (1966), Identification Marks: None (1964), Hands Up! (1967), a filmic interpretation of the Witold Gombrowicz’s Ferdydurke (1991), Moonlighting (1982), Essential Killing (2010), and Four Nights with Anna (2008).
A graduate from the Department of Directing at the Łódź Film School, Skolimowski also co-wrote such classics as Roman Polański’s Knife in the Water and Andrzej Wajda’s Innocent Sorcerers. He made his directorial debut with Identification Marks: None in 1964. The director left Poland at the end of the 1960s when his film Hands Up! was rejected by communist censorship and continued to make films in Italy, Great Britain, and the United States.
His works were awarded at the Berlin Film Festival (where he won the Golden Bear), Cannes, and Venice. For years he left the cinema and dedicated himself to painting, before returning to the screen in 2008 with the debut of his film, Four Nights with Anna. Skolimowski is also the author of several volumes and works of theatre; as a poet he made his debut in New Culture in 1957.
As an actor, he has played in Wajda’s Innocent Sorcerers (1960), Volker Schlöndorff’s Die Fulschung (1981), White Nights (1985) by Taylor Hackford, Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! (1996), and Eastern Promises (2007) by David Cronenberg.
The 73rd Venice Film Festival will open with Damien Chazelle’s new musical La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The event will run from 31 August to 10 September. English director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Skyfall) will chair the jury. This year, alongside Skolimowski, a Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to the French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (known for his work in films such as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless).
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Source: PAP, ed. BS, trans. AA, 19.07.2016