Venice Film Festival: Roberto Benigni honoured with The Lifetime Achievement Award

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Sep 03, 2021, 06:58 PM IST


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Earlier in the day, Jamie Lee Curtis was also bestowed with the prestigious Venice Film Festival 2021's Lifetime Achievement Award alongwith Roberto Benigni.

As the Venice Film festival continues in full force this year, actor Roberto Benigni received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The legendary Italian comedian gave a mile-a-minute “thank you” speech to cap an emotional start to the film festival.

It was emotional because host and Italian actor Serena Rossi dedicated the opening night to Afghani people who are going through a tough time courtesy the collapse of their government and law and order after Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Rossi said, “We want to say to them: you are not alone,” at the 78th Venice Film Festival. 

Then, Roberto Benigni was honoured as Jane Campion, the first female director to win the Palme d’Or in Cannes, who returns to Venice this year with ‘The Power of the Dog’, her first feature film in 12 years said Roberto was at the top of the moon as she compared his excitement to “an exploding bottle of Prosecco” which was particularly needed “at this difficult time for filmmakers and for people all over the world.” 

The 78th annual Venice International Film Festival began on September 1 and will continue till September 11 at Lido, Venice. Venice Film Festival: Jamie Lee Curtis wins Lifetime Achievement Award