Hayao Miyazaki Set for Venice Honors

Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli and Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki
will be presented with the prestigious Golden Lions at this year’s Venice Film

Moviemaker Miyazaki, 64–who had a recent hit with film Howl’s Moving Castle–is hailed as one of Japan’s greatest animation directors.

And 59-year-old actress Sandrelli is being recognised for her successful
career in Italian and international cinema since her first acclaimed
performance in Pietro Germi‘s 1961 film Divorce Italian Style.

After hearing the news, the actress said, “It is a wonderful present and I
thank everyone who helped to make my career.”

The pair will receive the prestigious honor at the festival which opens Aug. 31 and runs until Sept. 10.

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