Director won 1966 Silver Lion for 'Yesterday Girl'

ROME — The Venice Film Festival will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an homage to Alexander Kluge, the 75-year-old Teutonic filmmaker considered the father of the 1960s New German Cinema movement.

A longtime Lido aficionado, Kluge is among Venice’s most prized helmers, praised by fest topper Marco Muller as “an untiring initiator of new paths and initiatives.”

Starting out as an assistant to Fritz Lang, Kluge made shorts in the 1960s and won a Silver Lion for his first feature, “Yesterday Girl,” in 1966. Kluge won a Golden Lion for “Artists Under the Big Top: Disoriented” in 1968 and was awarded a lifetime achievement nod during the Lido’s 50th anni fest in 1982.

Kluge will attend Venice’s upcoming edition, running Aug. 29-Sept. 8, and present a sidebar dedicated to a selection of his work, including one-minute shorts shot over the past 40 years.

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