David Cronenberg to receive Venice lifetime achievement award

The 27th Venice International Film Festival will pay tribute to the Scanners and A Dangerous Method director.

David Cronenberg HeadshotThe Venice International Film Festival has named Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg this year’s lifetime achievement recipient.

Cronenberg will be presented with the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award during the 27th annual festival, which runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.

The director’s long list of credits include Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986), and his 2014 film, Maps to the Stars. His 2011 feature A Dangerous Method, following the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his protégé Carl Jung (played by Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender, respectively), screened in competition at the Venice festival.

Throughout his career, Cronenberg’s received Golden Globe, Oscar, BAFTA and César award nominations, and has picked up numerous prizes from the Genies, international critics associations and film festivals.

His films Crash, A History of Violence and Cosmopolis were all in competition for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, with Crash receiving a special jury prize from the festival.

The director previously presided over the Cannes Film Festival’s jury and took home the fest’s lifetime achievement award in 2006.

In 2003, Cronenberg was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2014. In addition, he was named investiture in France’s Order of Arts and Letters in 1990, the Légion d’Honeur in 2009 and a fellow of the British Film Institute in 2011.

In 2011, Playback named Cronenberg its Director of the Year and later in 2015, the Directors Guild of Canada  named him the recipient of the DGC lifetime achievement award.