Jane Fonda and Robert Redford are to be honoured at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.
The American stars will both receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the event, organisers announced on Monday (17Jul17).
Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, stated that the pair will be presented with the award on 1 September (17) following a screening of their new Netflix film, Our Souls at Night.
With regards to Fonda, 79, Barbera praised her as a worthy recipient of the honour due to her prolific acting career, as well as her political and social activism.
“This Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is a due tribute to the personal commitment and brilliant qualities of an actress who has brought unforgettable, controversial, and heterogeneous characters to life, demonstrating an unceasing ability to reinvent herself, all the while remaining true to herself, to her values, and to her indisputable artistic talent,” he said.
In addition, Barbera also spoke about Redford’s talents and achievements, noting his varied film work, including movies such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men.
He also mentioned the 80-year-old actor’s involvement in founding the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film event in the United States.
“A slightly reluctant star, since very early in his career Redford has used his onscreen talent and success to make films about issues he cared about and to pave the way for other independent filmmakers like him,” he added.
Directed by Ritesh Batra, Our Souls at Night is set in Colorado and begins when Addie Moore, as played by Fonda, pays an unexpected visit to a neighbour, Redford’s character Louis Waters.
The 74th Venice Film Festival runs from 30 August until 9 September.
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