Pacino’s ‘Salome’ to play at Venice

Thesp to be honored with Jaeger-Le Coultre award

The Venice Film Festival will celebrate Al Pacino, who will bow his “Wilde Salome” on the Lido, and be honored with the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker award.

“Wilde Salome,” Pacino’s third feature as a director, is an unconventional docu exploring the complexities of Oscar Wilde’s controversial play, “Salome,” starring Pacino with Jessica Chastain in the title role.

Pic is produced by Barry Navidi and Robert Fox, with Salome Prods. and Tripod Entertainment.

“There is nowhere else I would rather debut ‘Wilde Salome’ than at Venice, because of its rich artistic history,” Pacino said.

Venice called it “an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at Pacino’s odyssey: a master class of insight into this cultural icon.”

“Wilde Salome” will world preem on the Lido on Sept. 4, following a ceremony feting Pacino with the nod dedicated to an artist who has left an original mark on contempo cinema. Pacino’s previous features as a director are docu “Looking for Richard” and “Chinese Coffee.” The 68th Venice runs Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

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