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Lifetime Achievement for Tim Burton

49-year-old Director Tim Burton will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement during the upcoming Venice International Film Festival. The director of the festival, Marco Muller, proposed the award, which was later approved by the festival board; it will be presented to Burton during a special "Tim Burton Day" during the height of the fest.

According to the official festival website, the Golden Lion award is granted to those who those "most courageous, visionary and innovative American filmmakers who have been able to move and fascinate the widest and broadest audience, and to be always suspended between art and industry."

Burton has had a colorfully varied career, maintaining an elusive balance between keen, often whimsical artistic vision and commercial success. His credits include "Beetlejuice," "Big Fish," "Ed Wood," "Sleepy Hollow," and two of the "Batman" films. He is currently at work on an adaptation of "Sweeney Todd," the Stephen Sondheim musical.

The Venice festival will run from August 29th until September 8th, 2007.

Source: Reuters.

Posted by on March 22, 2007 8:52 AM
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