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Al Pacino to receive a special award at this year's Venice Film Festival

May 4, 2011 | 10:30 am

AlJust a day after his Tony nomination for lead actor in a play for "The Merchant of Venice," Al Pacino was named this year's recipient of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, which takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

The prize is given to a filmmaker who has left "an original mark" on contemporary cinema. Previous winners include Takeshi Kitano, Agnes Varda and Abbas Kiarostami.

Over the past four decades, Pacino, 71, has starred in such classics as "The Godfather" trilogy, 1973's  "Serpico" and  1975's "Dog Day Afternoon." He won a lead actor Oscar for 1992's "Scent of a Woman," Emmy awards for 2003's "Angels in America" and  2010's "You Don't Know Jack" and is a two-time Tony Award winner.

Pacino is also a filmmaker, earning a Directors Guild of America Award for his 1996 feature documentary, "Looking for Richard."  His latest directorial effort, the feature documentary "Wilde Salome," will premiere at the festival.

Pacino will receive his honor at the awards ceremony on Sept. 4.

-- Susan King

Photo: Al Pacino. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times