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La Biennale di Venezia 68th Venice International Film FestivalAl Pacino and Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award

The legendary American actor and director Al Pacino is the beneficiary of the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award, a prize of the Biennale di Venezia (Venice International Film Festival), created in collaboration with Jaeger-LeCoultre, and dedicated to an artist who has left an original mark on contemporary cinema.

The prize has previously been awarded to some of the greatest figures in film including: Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009) and Mani Ratnam (2010). Jaeger-Le Coultre is now in its seventh year as a sponsor of the Venice International Film Festival, and in its fifth year as the sponsor of the Glory to the Filmmaker award.

This year, the award will celebrate Al Pacino and his achievements as a filmmaker. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday September 4th during the 68th Venice International Film Festival (August 31st - September 10th 2011). Festival Director, Marco Mueller, describes Pacino as, "An amazing director, whose experience is precious and original, and enriches the world of contemporary film." The award ceremony will precede the world premiere of Pacino's third feature-length directorial picture, Wilde Salome. Referred to as his "most personal project ever," the unconventional feature documentary invites audiences into Pacino's private world, as he explores the complexities of Oscar Wilde's acclaimed play "Salome," Wilde himself and the birth of a rising star, in actress Jessica Chastain.