The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre are pleased to announce that the multi-talented American filmmaker James Franco has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2014 prize, dedicated to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.
In recognition of this award, the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera states: “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”. Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera
- James Franco at the 70th Venice International Film Festival
“Jaeger-LeCoultre is pleased to honour the creative ingenuity of James Franco with the Glory to the Filmmaker Award. Jaeger-LeCoultre has remained loyal to the legacy of watchmaking traditions while maintaining its capacity for invention and creating authentic Fine Watchmaking legends since 1833. For close to a decade, the Maison has been closely associated with the Venice International Film Festival paying tribute to the art and artists. Jaeger-LeCoultre is committed to preserving and enhancing the “seventh art”, a discipline closely related to the watchmaking profession in terms of creativity as well as the artistic and technical mastery”. Daniel Riedo, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre
James Franco will be awarded the prize in a ceremony that will take place in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) on 5th September at 2.30 pm during the 71st Venice Film Festival (Lido di Venezia, 27 August – 6 September 2014) directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.
Following the conferral of the award, the 71st Venice Film Festival will present the world premiere, Out of Competition, of the new film written, directed and interpreted by James Franco, The Sound and the Fury, in which Franco will star as one of the main characters, Benjii Compson. The Sound and the Fury also stars Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey King, Ahna O’Reilly, Seth Rogen and Jon Hamm.