Writer wins Venice Film Festival honor

U.S. journo-scribe Mark Boal, who penned the screenplay for Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” has nabbed the fourth Gucci Group Award, given in tandem with the Venice Film Festival to artists generally outside the movie milieu who have recently made a significant contribution to film.

Boal and Bigelow recently re-teamed on action-adventure “Triple Frontier,” with Charles Roven, Alex Gartner and Steve Alexander producing through their Atlas Entertainment banner.

Boal was honored during a gala ceremony at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice on Monday.

The other nominees were Gallic aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who helmed environmental movie “Home”; Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat, who helmed feminist film “Women Without Men,” in the Venice competition; and Swiss visual artist Pipilotti Rist, whose feature debut “Pepperminta,” a contempo fable, is in the Venice Horizons section.

The Gucci Group nod selection committee comprised Venice fest topper Marco Mueller, thesps Zoe Cassavetes and Patricia Clarkson, fashion photographer Mario Testino and former Interview editor Ingrid Sischy.

Past recipients include British artist Steve McQueen for his direction of “Hunger,” and artist Julian Schnabel for helming “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

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