Sept. 9 ceremony to open with 'Marco' screening

MILAN — Two greats of Italian cinema will come together next month as Bernardo Bertolucci awards director Marco Bellocchio the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

The Sept. 9 ceremony will open with the screening of “Marco Bellocchio, Venezia 2011″ a 12-minute homage by filmmaker Pietro Marcello, followed by a screening of “Nel nome del padre” (In the Name of the Father) the 1971 film re-edited and remixed for the event.

“I am honored and moved by the fact that Bernardo Bertolucci will award me the Lion,” said Bellocchio in a statement. “Even though we have followed different paths, there has always been mutual interest and esteem between us. And affection.”

Bertolucci won the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in 2007, the year it was created to commemorate 75 years of cinema. He received the Golden Palm for lifetime achievement at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Bellocchio, 72, has made over 30 films since the 1960s. Credits include “China is Near,” “Victory March,” “Devil in the Flesh,” “Fit to be Untied,” “My Mother’s Smile,” “The Conviction,” “Broken Dreams,” “The Eyes, the Mouth,” “Good Morning, Night” “Vincere” and “Sorelle Mai.” He’s in pre-production on “Lacrime” (Tears).

Venice runs Aug. 31 to Sept 10.

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