Venice to fete Michael Cimino

Fest to screen 'Heaven's Gate' redux


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.

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