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Baz Luhrmann to be honoured with Luchino Visconti award

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Jun 18, 2013 | 1:04pm EDT

The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann is set to be honoured in Italy next month (Jul13) with a special award named after celebrated local filmmaker Luchino Visconti. The 50 year old will be feted at the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival on 19 July (13) during a special gala at the Vila La Columbaia, Visconti's former residence. Throughout the eight-day event, three of Luhrmann's movies will be screened, including his latest blockbuster with Leonardo DiCaprio. Calling the Australian "one of today's most creative risk takers," artistic director Pascal Vicedomini tells The Hollywood Reporter he's delighted Luhrmann has been selected as this year's (13) recipient. Past winners of the Luchino Visconti Legend Award have included director Tom Hooper and screenwriter/director Paul Haggis.

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