Each year, the esteemed Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award is dedicated to an artist who has left an indelible mark on contemporary cinema. The coveted award is a prize of the Venice International Film Festival that has been created in collaboration with Jaeger-Le Coultre, the premier luxury watch and clock manufacturer based in Switzerland. In previous years, some of the greatest figures in film have received the prestigious award, such as Tekeshi Kitano, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, Sylvester Stallone, and Mani Ratnam. This year’s honoree, however, is the legendary Al Pacino.
Although he has created an illustrious career for himself as an incredible actor, Pacino is being celebrated for his achievements as a filmmaker, particularly for his upcoming third feature-length directorial picture, Wilde Salome. This highly anticipated project has been referred to as Pacino’s “most personal project ever” and is an unconventional documentary that delves into Pacino’s private world as he explores the complexities of acclaimed writer Oscar Wilde, his play Salome, and rising star Jessica Chastain.
The film will make its world premier after the awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, September 4, during the 68th Annual Venice International Film Festival. Of the approaching debut, Pacino said, “There is nowhere else I would rather debut Wilde Salome than at Venice, because of its rich artistic history. Wilde Salome is an exploration into the world of Oscar Wilde the artist and in Salome, the emancipation of a work that lives on.”
Cinema enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the debut of this important film, as it takes an intimate look at Pacino’s life and offers insight into this cultural icon. The film stars Al Pacino as Herod, Jessica Chastain as Salomé, and Kevin Anderson as John the Baptist. Wilde Salome is set to release to the public this fall.