ROME — The 61st Venice Intl. Film Festival will award career Golden Lions to “Singin’ in the Rain” helmer Stanley Donen and vet Manoel de Oliveira in recognition for their contributions to “redefining modernity in 20th century cinema,” new artistic director Marco Muller said Wednesday.
Both are expected to make the trek to the Lido, where De Oliveira’s latest pic, the historical epic “O quinto imperio,” will world premiere out-of-competition during the fest’s second week, as part of an evening celebrating the Portuguese arthouse darling.
De Oliveira, who has made some 40 films, won a Venice Special Golden Lion in 1985 for his seven-hour “The Satin Slipper.”
Donen will get his nod during the fest’s closing ceremony in Venice’s recently rebuilt La Fenice theater.
Winner of a 1998 career Oscar, Donen’s long list of distinguished directing credits also includes “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” the comic suspenser “Charade” and Off Broadway comedy “Adult Entertainment.”
The fest, which runs Sept. 1-11, will open with Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal.”