Multihyphenate Michael Cimino will be honored with the Venice Film Festival’s Persol Award, which recognizes the contribution of filmmakers.
The award will be presented at a ceremony on the Lido on Aug. 30, followed by a screening of Cimino’s 1980 film “Heaven’s Gate,” which has been digitally restored as part of the Venice Classics program.
Fest director Alberto Barbera said, “It is a belated but long overdue acknowledgment of the greatness of a visionary filmmaker, one of the most intense and original voices in American filmmaking of the past 40 years, gradually reduced to silence after the box-office flop of a masterpiece to which the film producers contributed with senseless cuts. By virtue of his immense talent, Cimino has exalted the filmmaking art and offered a portrait of America both critical and passionate, lucid and compelling.”
Venice runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.