Peter Weir rewarded for his career with an honorary Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in September

Peter Weir rewarded for his career with an honorary Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in September
Peter Weir rewarded for his career with an honorary Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in September

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Peter Weir has only thirteen films to his credit in forty years
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The Australian director of Circle of Dead Poets will receive the prestigious Honorary Golden Lion award at the Venice International Film Festival, which runs from August 28 to September 7.

Australian director Peter Weir, who has signed among others Dead Poets Society, which was adapted into French for the theater, And The Truman Show, will receive an honorary Golden Lion at the 81st Venice Film Festival. The ceremony, whose jury will be chaired by Isabelle Huppert, will be held from August 28 to September 7.

“The Venice Film Festival and its Golden Lion are part of the imagination of our profession. To be recognized for a lifetime’s work is a great honor.”reacted the 79-year-old director, quoted in the festival press release. “With only thirteen films made over forty years, Peter Weir has secured his place in the firmament of the great directors of modern cinema”greeted the artistic director of the Mostra, Alberto Barbera.

Peter Weir won two BAFTAs, the British Oscars, for directing The Truman Show (1998), a biting satire on reality television starring Jim Carrey, and Master & Commander (2003), a naval epic starring Russell Crowe. In 2022, he became the first Australian to receive an honorary Oscar.

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