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Venice Film Festival to honor Fred Wiseman

Noted documentarian Frederick Wiseman (pictured) will be honored with the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the 71st Venice Film Festival next month.
July 18, 2014

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.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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