The 71st Venice Film Festival is to honor master vérité filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (pictured) with its Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award in August.
Wiseman, 84, has made more than 40 documentaries independently since 1967, portraying the human experience through a variety of contemporary social institutions. His repertoire includes 1967′s Titicut Follies, 1975′s Welfare, 1997′s Public Housing, 1989′s Near Death, 1996′s La Comédie Française ou L’amour joué, 2009′s La danse – Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris and 2013′s At Berkeley.
Six of the four-time Emmy winner’s films have presented at Venice in the past, and he has been awarded both a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis said of the director’s portfolio: “Taken together, this is work that presents a sweeping, continuing portrait of modern America, its institutions, social relations, administrative and bureaucratic controls and of course – right at the center of this filmmaker’s unyielding frame – its people.”
A member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Frederick Wiseman’s latest work, 2014′s National Gallery, was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
The honor comes after Wiseman was celebrated by the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) with a major retrospective in 2011.
The 2014 Venice Film Festival runs from August 27 to September 6.