Iranian director Amir Naderi (Vegas, Manhattan by Numbers, Davandeh-The Runner) was presented with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, for his significant contribution to a new era of Iranian films.
Amin Naderi was awarded the prize in a ceremony before the Out of Competition screening of his new film Monte, in its world premiere showing in Venice. The film (shot on location in Italy in the mountains of the Alto Adige and Friuli regions) is set in the year 1350 and tells the dramatic story of a man who makes every attempt to bring the sunlight into his village, where his family is barely able to survive because of the prevailing darkness.
Since the 1970s, Amir Naderi (Abadan, 1945) has been among the most influential figures of New Iranian Cinema. He entered the international spotlight with cinema classics such as Tangsir (1974), Entezar (1974), awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes children’s film festival, The Runner (1985) and Ab, Bad, Khak (1989), which both won the Golden Montgolfiere at Three Continents Festival in Nantes. The first prominent Iranian director to move abroad in the mid ’80s, Naderi’s American films have uniquely captured the vanishing texture of New York. Sound Barrier (2005) won the Roberto Rossellini Critics’ Prize at the Rome Film Festival. Vegas: Based on a True Story, premiered In Competition at Venice in 2008. Cut was shot in Japan and premiered as the Opening Film of the Orizzonti section at Venice in 2011, later winning the 21stJapan Professional Film Awards for Best Director and Best Actor. Naderi’s work has been the subject of retrospectives at museums and film festivals around the world. He has served on international juries such as Jury President for the Competition section of Tokyo FILMeX in 2011 and the Orizzonti section of Venice in 2012.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is a sponsor of the Venice International Film Festival for the twelfth year in a row, and of the Glory to the Filmmaker prize for the tenth. The prize has been awarded in past years to Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009), Mani Ratnam (2010), Al Pacino (2011), Spike Lee (2012), Ettore Scola (2013), James Franco (2014), and Brian De Palma (2015).
Image: VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 05: Jaeger LeCoultre Communications Director Laurent Vinay (L) presents director Amir Naderi the Jaeger Le Coultre Glory To The Filmmaker Award on stage at the ‘Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory To The Filmmaker 2016 Award’ Honors Amir Naderi Award Ceremony during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Hotel Excelsior on September 5, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre) *** Local Caption *** Amir Naderi; Laurent Vinay