Magazine article Screen International

James Franco Feted by Venice

Magazine article Screen International

James Franco Feted by Venice

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Actor-director to receive Jaeger-Le Coultre filmmaker award.

Actor-director James Franco will receive the Venice Film Festival's Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker award for 2014.

The prize is dedicated to "a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema".

Venice director Alberto Barbera said: "James Franco is one of the most versatile and multi-talented auteurs on the current American scene, as an actor in cinema and theatre, director, screenwriter, producer, soap-opera star, video-artist and much more - indeed, a relentless 'manufacturer' of cultural imagery.

"The adaptation of the great classics of American literature, like his new film based on a novel by Faulkner which will be presented in Venice, is a major thread in his creative approach, characterized by boldness, lucidity, courage and self-confidence. These values transform his omnivorous verve into a concept of total art performance, founded on considerable curiosity and intelligence". …

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