Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement go to Thelma Schoonmaker, Frederick Wiseman
by Camillo De Marco
- A tribute to the documentary cinema expert and to the three-times-Oscar-winning film editor for her work with Martin Scorsese
The Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (27 August – 6 September 2014) will go to two American filmmakers, film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.
Thelma Schoonmaker was awarded three Oscars (Raging Bull, The Aviator, The Departed) and two BAFTAs (Raging Bull, Goodfellas), over the course of her lengthy career. Her collaboration with director Martin Scorsese began in 1967 with the editing of Who's That Knocking at My Door?. Since 1980 she has edited all of Scorsese's feature-films including his latest work The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). This is the first time that the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival is awarded to a film editing artist.
Frederick Wiseman is considered one of the masters of documentary film. Among his more well-known works are Titicut Follies (1967), Welfare (1975), Public Housing (1997), Near Death (1989), La Comédie Française ou L’amour joué (1996) and At Berkeley (2013, showcased in Venice). Wiseman has won many awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent work is National Gallery [+see also:
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(Translated from Italian)