Sylvester Stallone will be awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at next month’s Venice Film Festival.
The prize, dedicated to an artist who has left his mark on contemporary cinema, has previously gone to auteurs Takeshi Kitano, Agnes Varda and Abbas Kiarostami.
“Through all of his movies — even the ones he has not directed or are considered ‘less important’ — Stallone has shaped his own character with much care, and reflected upon it, giving us an iconic exploration among the most coherent and lucid of contemporary America cinema,” fest organizers said in a statement.
“Stallone has shown an original eye and an auteur’s determination. His is a cinema capable of tenderness even when dripping with blood.”
The presentation will include a sneak preview of sequences from “The Expendables,” written and directed by, and starring Stallone. Pic, also featuring Jason Statham, Jet Li and Mickey Rourke, is due for release Stateside in April.
The Venice Film Festival runs Sept. 2-12.