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Kiarostami handed Venice prize

Director takes Glory to the Filmmaker Award

VENICE — Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami is the winner of the 65th Venice Film Festival’s Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which honors eclectic masters of world cinema.

The prize, created last year in honor of Japanese director Takeshi Kitano, is named after Kitano’s eponymous pic.

Kitano handed the award to Kiarostami in a ceremony in the Lido’s Sala Grande. Kiarostami is in Venice with his experimental Juliette Binoche-starrer “Shirin,” which screens out-of-competition.

The fest runs through Sept. 6.

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