This year’s Venice International Film Festival will honour Tilda Swinton and Hong Kong director Ann Hui with lifetime achievement awards. Tilda Swinton is to be honoured “as one of the most original and powerful performers” of the past century at the Venice Film Festival. Tilda and Ann Hui will also receive the Golden Lions for lifetime achievement at the Venice International Film Festival on September 2-12 at Venice Lido.
The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia upon the recommendation of Venice Film Festival Director, Alberto Barbera.
Accepting the award Tilda said:
“This great festival has been dear to my heart for three decades: to be honored by her in this way is extremely humbling. To come to Venice, this year of all years, to celebrate immortal cinema and her defiant survival in the face of all the challenges that evolution might throw at her – as at us all – will be my sincere joy.”
Alberto Barbera stated: “Tilda Swinton is unanimously recognized as one of the most original and powerful performers to establish herself at the end of the last century. Her uniqueness lies in her commanding and incomparable personality, uncommon versatility, and an ability to pass from the most radical art-house cinema to big Hollywood productions, without ever eschewing her inexhaustible need to bring to life unclassifiable and uncommon characters. Her every portrayal is a fearless challenge to conventions, be they artistic or social; the outcome of a need to put herself continuously on the line without ever being satisfied with the results she achieves; and the desire to explore new implications in behavior and human emotions, which Swinton never limits herself to conveying but instead personifies in the most surprising and challenging way.”