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Director Bruce Beresford to Receive Ischia Festival’s Visconti Award

Bruce Beresford, whose credits include “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Breaker Morant,” has will receive the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival’s Visconti Award, Variety has learned exclusively.

The award is presented in the name of iconic Italian director Luchino Visconti. Prior recipients of the award include Taylor Hackford, Tom Hooper, Paul Haggis, Stephen Frears, Alan Parker, Terry Gilliam, Jim Sheridan and Joel Schumacher.

The festival will also screen Beresford’s most recent feature, “Mr. Church,” a Cinelou drama starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson, on July 12; Warner Bros.’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård on July 13; and Columbia Pictures’ “Ghostbusters.” Warner Bros. is handling international releasing on the three movies.

The Ischia festival runs from July 10 to 17 on the Italian isle, which is located off the coast of Naples.

Beresford, a native of Australia, has directed more than 30 features and TV movies, including “Tender Mercies,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Double Jeopardy” and the History Channel’s “Roots.”

“We are honoring Bruce for his lifetime achievements. But I must say that it’s been an achievement of my lifetime to have worked with the great Bruce Beresford, not once, but twice,” Cinelou topper Mark Canton said. “The first time I had the opportunity of being a part of his masterpiece ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ and, most recently, I was privileged to see him create another, [the] beautiful and emotional ‘Mr. Church.'”

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