The Oscar-winning director, who is serving as President of the Orizzonti Jury at the festival, will receive the honor at a ceremony on the second afternoon of the festival (Sept. 3) in the Sale Darsena (Lido di Venezia).
“Jonathan Demme is part of that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionized Hollywood in the ‘70s,” said Alberto Barbera, Director of the Venice Film Festival.
“From the cultured reinterpretation of genres in his early films, to the development of a personal film style deeply rooted in the individual, to his systematic incursion into documentary filmmaking distinguished by his innovative approach, Demme has brought to life a vivid gallery of characters against the background of an exuberantly pop American landscape that harks back to the classic figurative experiences of the ‘60s, anticipating the post-Modernist experimentation of many contemporary auteurs,” Barbera added.
Demme’s latest film “Ricki And The Flash”, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, received its premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in August and is currently rolling out internationally. It launched in Australia and Spain this weekend and lands in the UK, France, Germany and Korea as well as various smaller markets next week.
He received the Best Director Oscar for 1991’s “The Silence Of The Lambs”, which remains the last film, and one of only three in history, to receive awards in all five major Oscar categories: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay.
The 72nd Venice Film Festival runs Sept. 2-12.