Venice to Honor Thelma Schoonmaker, Frederick Wiseman

LONDON — Film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and director Frederick Wiseman will be feted at the 71st Venice Intl. Film Festival, where they will receive Golden Lions for lifetime achievement.

Schoonmaker won Oscars for “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator” and “The Departed,” and BAFTAs for “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas.”

It is the first time that the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement has been awarded to a film editor.

Wiseman has made 39 documentaries and two fiction films. His docus include “Titicut Follies” (1967), “Welfare” (1975), “Public Housing” (1997) and “Near Death” (1989).

The complete program of the Venice Film Festival will be presented at a press conference in Rome on July 24.

The fest runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6.

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