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Rome -- The Venice Film Festival said Monday that it would dedicate this year's edition to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who died July 27 at the age of 82.
Chahine, whose crime drama "Heya fawda" (Chaos) screened in competition in Venice last year, was co-winner of the festival's Unesco award in 2002 for his work on the controversial film "11'09'01 -- September 11."
It is the second major homage to Chahine since his death: the just-completed Locarno Film Festival also paid a tribute to the director with a Piazza Grande screening of his historical romance "Al Massir" (Destiny), which had first screened at the same venue in 1997.
In Venice, the tribute film will be "Bab el hadid" (Cairo Station), a 1958 classic Chahine both starred in and directed. The film will screen on Aug. 31, at midnight.
The 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6. »
- By Eric J. Lyman
ROME -- Hard-nosed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai will be given the prestigious Leopard of Honor prize for lifetime achievement at the 61st annual Locarno Film Festival.
The four-time Palme d'Or nominee is best known for such powerful works as 1999's Kadosh, about two sisters' clashes with orthodox Jewish society; 2000's Kippur, a drama based on the 1973 Yom Kippur War; and as one of the 11 directors behind 11'09'01, the controversial Venice UNESCO award winner released on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
A well-known presence in Locarno, Gitai served on the festival's jury in 1992 and his polarizing documentary Zirat Ha'Rezach (The Arena of Murder), which explored the aftermath of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, premiered there in 1996.
"Amos Gitai occupies a very special place in the landscape of contemporary cinema," Locarno artistic director Frederic Maire said. "Every one of his films confronts us with the infinite complexity of reality."
The prize ceremony will be one of the main events of the Aug. »
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