To the master of Italian cinema Ettore Scola the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2013 prize of the Venice International Film Festival

08.19.13

The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre are pleased to announce that the master of Italian cinema  Ettore Scola has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2013 prize, dedicated to a personality who has brought major innovation to contemporary cinema.

Jaeger-LeCoultre is a sponsor of the Venice International Film Festival for the ninth year in a row, and of the Glory to the Filmmaker award for the seventh year in a row. The prize has been awarded in past years to Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009), Mani Ratnam (2010), Al Pacino (2011), Spike Lee (2012). Ettore Scola is the first Italian director to be awarded the prize.

The prize will be conferred to Ettore Scola at the awards ceremony which will take place on September 6th during the 70th Venice Film Festival (28 August – 7 September 2013), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

Ettore Scola (Trevico, Avellino, 1931) is internationally renowned and one of the foremost figures at the vanguard of Italian cinema for the past 50 years. He is one of the screenwriters and directors who has contributed most significantly to the artistic development of Italian cinema. A contributor in his youth to the Roman satirical magazine “Marc’Aurelio” (with Federico Fellini), he made his debut as a screenwriter in the early 1950’s, and moved behind the camera in the mid-1960’s. As the author of screenplays, he may be considered as one of the founding fathers of Italian-style comedy, taking part in the creation of some of the most important films of this genre – Il sorpasso (The Easy Life), I mostri, Io la conoscevo bene (I Knew Her Well) –.

Following the conferral of the award in the Sala Grande, the 70th Venice Film Festival will present the world premiere of the new film by Ettore Scola, Che strano chiamarsi Federico!, a tribute to Federico Fellini on the 20th anniversary of his death.

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