American movie editor Thelma Schoonmaker and American director Frederick Wiseman will receive Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement at the 71st Venice International Film Festival (starting from August 27 to September 6).
Schoonmaker is an internationally acknowledged editor with three Oscars under her belt – Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. She has edited all of Martin Scorsese’s movies since 1980, including his most recent, The Wolf of Wall Street
(1913). Her association with him began in 1967 with his Who’s That Knocking at my Door.
This is the first time that the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is being awarded by the Festival to an artist in the field of editing.
Wiseman is an independent documentary filmmaker. He has made 39 documentaries and two fiction features: dramatic narratives that seek to portray ordinary human experience within a wide variety of contemporary social institutions.
His documentaries include Titicut Follies (1967), Welfare (1975), Public Housing (1997), Near Death (1989), La Comédie Française ou L’amour joué (1996), La danse – Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris (2009) and At Berkeley (2013).
Many of Wiseman’s works have been presented at the Festival, and he has won several awards, including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
The Festival will announce its complete line up on July 24 in Rome. Will India figure in that list? (Gautaman Bhaskaran has covered the Venice International Film Festival for over a decade, and will be there this year also.)