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Al Pacino, recently nominated for another Tony Award, will be honored at this year’s Venice Film Festival with the Jaegar-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award, a prize recognizing his “original mark on contemporary cinema.” Festival Director Marco Mueller calls the eight-time Oscar nominee, “An amazing director, whose experience is precious and original, and enriches the world of contemporary film.”

The award ceremony will take place on Sept. 4, and precede the world premiere of Pacino’s third feature-length directorial effort, Wilde Salome, an exploration into the life and art of Oscar Wilde.

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