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- BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI
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Biography
Bernardo Bertolucci may be considered the most famous active Italian director in the world, and one of the most influential in the history of cinema. His presence at the Venice Film Festival has been constant, especially on the most significant anniversaries: in 1983 Bertolucci was president of the Jury for the Competition of the 40th edition, which awarded the Golden Lion to Prénom Carmen by Jean-Luc Godard; in 2003, at the 60th edition, he presented his film The Dreamers. In 2007 he was awarded the Golden Lion of the 75th, a prize instituted to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Venice International Film Festival (the first edition was held in 1932). Bertolucci made his debut as a director right here in Venice with La commare secca (The Grim Reaper, 1962), but the year before he had been at the Venice Film Festival as the assistant director for Pier Pasolini for his debut film Accattone (1961). Subsequently, other important works by Bertolucci premiered at the Lido: Partner (1968),  Strategia del ragno (The Spider’s Stratagem, 1970), La luna (Luna, 1979), The Dreamers  (2003). In 2011 Bertolucci awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Marco Bellocchio. Bertolucci’s prestigious filmography has won him awards and acknowledgments in the major festivals. He established an absolute record for a European film, winning 9 Oscars with The Last Emperor (1987), the first and only Italian film to win the Oscar for Best Director. His most recent masterpiece, Io e te (Me and You, 2012) won extraordinary critical and public acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, which in 2011 had awarded Bertolucci the Golden Palm for Lifetime Achievement. Io e te was awarded the Silver Ribbon for the year 2013 by the Sindacato Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE:
1962 - La commare secca (The Grim Reaper) – Informativa (screenplay, director)
1968 - Partner (screenplay, director)
1970 – La strategia del ragno (The Conformist) (screenplay, director)
1979 – La luna (Luna) – Venezia 79 (screenplay, director)
2000 – Bertolucci secondo il cinema – Passato presente (as himself)
2001 – Pier Paolo Pasolini e la ragione di un sogno – Out of competition (as himself)
2001 – The Triumph of Love – In competition (screenplay)
2002 – Histoire d’eau (in Ten Minutes Order: The Cello) – Out of competition (screenplay, director)
2003 – Cesare Zavattini – Special screenings (as himself)
2003 – The Dreamers – Out of competition (director)
2003 – Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris) – L’industria dei prototipi (screenplay, director)
2007 – La via del petrolio – Out of Competition/Lion of the 75th (director)

AWARDS:
2007 – 75th Anniversary Golden Lion

JURIES:
1983 – Venezia 40 (President)
2013 - Venezia 70 (President)

 



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