Paul Schrader

Venice Film Festival to honour US filmmaker Paul Schrader. Image via Twitter @Screendaily

Paul Schrader will be honoured with a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Fest

The Venice Film Festival will this year honour ‘Taxi Driver’ filmmaker Paul Schrader with a lifetime achievement award.

Paul Schrader

Venice Film Festival to honour US filmmaker Paul Schrader. Image via Twitter @Screendaily

The Venice Film Festival will this year honour the US filmmaker Paul Schrader, behind hits like Taxi Driver, American Gigolo and Raging Bull, for lifetime achievement, organisers said on Wednesday.

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PAUL SCHRADER: A KEY FIGURE OF NEW HOLLYWOOD

Schrader will receive a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 79th Biennale de Venezia, which will run from 31 August the festival said in a statement.

“Paul Schrader is a key figure of New Hollywood who, from the late 1960s on, has revolutionized the imagination, aesthetics, and language of American film,” the statement quoted festival director Alberto Barbera as saying.

“It is not an exaggeration to affirm that he is one of the most important American filmmakers of his generation.”

Alberto Barbera

PAUL SCHRADER ‘DEEPLY HONOURED’ BY ACHIEVEMENT

Schrader said he was “deeply honoured. Venice is the Lion of my heart.”

Born in 1946 in Michigan, Schrader has written or directed more than 30 films.

As a screenwriter, he has worked with the giants of the industry including Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Last Temptation of Christ); Sydney Pollack (Yakuza); and Brian de Palma (Obsession).

FILMS DIRECTED BY PAUL SCHRADER

Films that he has directed include American Gigolo, The Card Counter and The Comfort of Strangers, among others.

The Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest, was established in 1932.

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