Venice fest to honor Ratnam

Indian director will receive Glory to the Filmmaker Award

The Venice Film Festival will celebrate Indian director Mani Ratnam with its Glory to the Filmmaker Award.

Ratnam will be on the Lido with his “Raavan,” a contempo good-vs.-evil epic about a bandit who kidnaps the wife of a policeman who had killed his sister. Pic toplines Indian stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, who will also be making the Lido trek.

Venice topper Marco Mueller praised Ratnam as a great Indian cinema “innovator… who has succesfully made the transition to the entire Indian market,” after first making movies only in his native Tamil tongue.

News was announced at the Cannes Film Festival by new partners Reliance Big Pictures and IM Global, who are distributing the film internationally. Pic, which will have its fest preem in Venice, will screen in two versions, one in Hindi and one in Tamil.

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