Venice Film Festival Announces Liliana Cavani & Tony Leung Chiu-wai For Golden Lions

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Tony Leung has starred in three movies that have won the Venice Golden Lion

VENICE – The 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival will pay tribute to two iconic film industry figures with its prestigious Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement. Director Liliana Cavani and actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai are the latest to be honoured by the festival, which takes place from 30 August to 09 September 2023.

John Malkovich and Dougray Scott in "Ripley's Game." Directed by Liliana Cavani among the contenders in the Venice Film Festival
John Malkovich and Dougray Scott in “Ripley’s Game.” Directed by Liliana Cavani

Cavani has been attending Venice since the 1960s, with her historical documentary “Philippe Pétain: Processo a Vichy” winning the Lion of San Marco for best documentary in 1965. Over the years, she has presented various films, including “Galileo” in 1968, “Ripley’s Game” in 2002, and “Clarisse” in 2012. The director expressed her gratitude for the recognition, saying, “I am very happy and grateful to the Biennale di Venezia for this wonderful surprise.”

Alberto Barbera, the artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, commended Cavani’s versatility and intellectual ferment that has made her movies famous. He praised her as “One of the most emblematic protagonists of the New Italian Cinema of the 1960s, whose work has spanned over sixty years of show business history.”

Tony Leung in Infernal Affairs
Tony Leung in Infernal Affairs

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Tony Leung Chiu-wai, the Hong Kong star of “In the Mood for Love”, “Infernal Affairs” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” is the other recipient of the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement. Leung has starred in three movies that have won the Venice Golden Lion: “A City of Sadness” (1989) by Hou Hsiao-Hsien; “Cyclo” (1995) by Tran Anh Hung, and “Lust, Caution” (2007) by Ang Lee. In accepting the award, he said, “This award is a tribute to all the filmmakers I have worked with.”

Barbera praised Leung’s remarkable transnational career, calling him “a charismatic performer” whose roles have bridged television, popular culture, and art cinema at different latitudes.

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The Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement are the highest honour awarded by the festival. They recognize outstanding contributions to contemporary cinema and are bestowed upon individuals who have left an indelible mark on the film industry. Cavani and Leung join the ranks of previous recipients, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Clint Eastwood, and Agnès Varda.

The Venice Film Festival is one of the world’s oldest film festivals and remains a significant platform for the promotion of international cinema. The festival provides a showcase for new films, premieres, and emerging talent, making it a significant event in the global film industry calendar. – Variety