The Venice Film Festival is known to attract some of the biggest stars and Al Pacino is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated.
The legendary actor was awarded the ‘Jaeger LeCoultre Glory to the Film Maker Award’ at the festival where his latest directorial project, Wilde Salome, was screened.
Pacino, who is best known for his roles in ‘Scarface’ and ‘The Godfather’ drew large throngs of screaming crowds to the ceremony.
He made his feature film debut in 1969 and has since starred in over 40 movies. He won an Academy Award in 1992 for his role as a blind man in ‘Scent of a Woman’.
The 71-year-old said making movies for himself made him fall in love with cinema years ago.
The award ceremony was followed by the world premiere of his third feature-length directorial picture, which received ecstatic applause.
“I have fallen in love with movies for the last 25 years. Before that I just acted in them which is great and they served me so tremendously all my life and made this possible, made this movie possible, so I have to thank all those movies I’ve made,” he said.
Wilde Salome is a documentary-drama about the staging of Oscar Wilde’s acclaimed play about illicit love and revenge and the birth of rising star Jessica Chastain.
Pacino has called the film his “most personal project ever”.