James Franco Just Got a Sweet Film Fest Award


James Franco is killing it.

Aug 8, 2014 | 10:07 PM

Actor, creator, producer, and writer—James Franco is incredibly versatile. And apparently those in charge of the Venice Film Festival think so too, because they’re celebrating Franco’s work by giving him the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. 

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award was created in 2006 by the Venice Film Festival  in collaboration with luxury watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre. Past awards have been bestowed upon Takeshi Kitano, Agnès Varda, Abbas Kiarostami, Sylvester Stallone, Mani Ratnam, Al Pacino, Spike Lee and Ettore Scola. Franco is in excellent company.

Franco’s first appearance at the Festival was was as director and screenwriter of “Sal.” He later attended in 2012 for “Spring Breakers,” which he produced and starred in.

Get this: In 2013, “Child of God” (which he wrote and directed) competed with Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” also based on—wait for it—Franco’s own book “Palo Alto.” Imagine your movie competiting against someone else’s movie, based on your book? Winning.

This year, Franco will appear at the festival to represent his directorial work on “The Sound And The Fury,” while taking home his award.

Alberto Barbera, the Venice Film Festival chief, said in a release that Franco is “one of the most versatile and multi-talented auteurs on the current American scene, as an actor in cinema and theater, director, screenwriter, producer, soap-opera star, video-artist and much mor—indeed, a relentless ‘manufacturer’ of cultural imagery.”

The award will be given September 5. Way to go, James!

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