Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson (Photo credit: Roger Do Minh, Netflix)

Filmmaker Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums) will receive the prestigious Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, dedicated to a personality who has made a particularly original contribution to the contemporary film industry.

The award ceremony for Wes Anderson will take place before the screening Out of Competition of his new film, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar with Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley, and Richard Ayoade.

In the Netflix film, a rich man learns about a guru who can see without using his eyes. He sets out to master the skill in order to cheat at gambling. Extremely faithfully adapted from Roald Dahl’s long short story.

Welcoming this announcement, the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera stated: “Wes Anderson is one of the few directors whose unique and unmistakable style can be recognized with just one frame. His formal universe harks back to a childlike and visionary aesthetic, dominated by pastel colors and obsessive care in preparing strictly symmetrical sequences populated by misfit dreamers who are incurably romantic and cheerful. From the memorable and poignant soundtracks (often inspired by the 1960s) to the extravagant costumes that reflect the characters’ psyche, each detail and the composition of every single shot is painstakingly conceived and masterfully carried out. The worlds the director creates are plausible and yet completely imaginary and fictitious, buttressed by surreal humor and a disconcerting taste for the vicissitudes of maladjusted families, absent fathers, and imperturbable mothers. Eccentric and highly idiomatic cinema that is always perfectly entertaining and enjoyable.”

“Wes Anderson has created a unique and recognizable style,” commented Cyrille Vigneron President and CEO of Cartier International. “Whether his stories take us to India, New England, Imaginary Hungary, Paris or elsewhere, he brings us in his own imaginary, poetic and truly human world. Everything is fictitious, bizarre, hilarious, yet his characters and heroes touch our heart. The scenography, costumes and scenes have incredible precision in which we immerse ourselves totally and unconditionally. Wes Anderson’s professional community includes some of the most famous and accomplished actresses and actors of the world who morph into his creations to become incredible characters, heroes and villains. His movies are formal art pieces in their construction. Through this endless creativity he continuously shares with us a truly humanistic view on the world. The more the world becomes dangerous, crazy, uncertain, the more his world looks like a safe place to be, and to look forward to. We are very happy and honored to celebrate him with the Cartier glory to the filmmaker award.”

The 80th Venice International Film Festival of La Biennale di Venezia will be held on the Lido from August 30st to September 9th, 2023, directed by Alberto Barbera.

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