Jamie Lee Curtis to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice International Film Festival

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Jamie Lee Curtis [Andrew Eccles photo]

Iconic American actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been selected to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, set for Sept. 1-11 in Italy.

The award ceremony of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will take place on Sept. 8 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia) before the out-of-competition screening of Curtis’ new movie “Halloween Kills,” directed by David Gordon Green and presented by Universal Pictures, Miramax, Blumhouse Productions and Trancas International Films.

“I am incredibly humbled to be honored in this way by the Venice International Film Festival,” Curtis said in a statement. “It seems impossible to me that I’ve been in this industry long enough to be receiving ‘Lifetime Achievement’ recognition, and to have it happen now, with ‘Halloween Kills,’ is particularly meaningful to me.

“‘Halloween’ — and my partnership with Laurie Strode — launched and sustained my career, and to have these films evolve into a new franchise that is beloved by audiences around the world was, and remains, a gift. Italian Cinema has always honored and heralded the genre that gave me my career, so I couldn’t be more proud and happy to accept this award from the Venice International Film Festival on behalf of Laurie and all the courageous heroines of the world who stand tall in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles and refuse to yield.”

Curtis was selected by the board of the Biennale di Venezia, which embraced the proposal of the festival’s director, Alberto Barbera, according to a news release.

Jamie Lee Curtis appears in a scene from 2018’s “Halloween.” [Universal Pictures photo]

“Jamie Lee Curtis belongs to that rarefied group of Hollywood actors who best reflect the qualities that are the very soul of the global film industry and its legacy. A direct descendant of America’s film aristocracy – she is the daughter of two unforgettable stars, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh – Jamie Lee Curtis is the natural embodiment of a star who knows how to play roles with versatility and amenability, all while infusing them with her peerless charisma and signature personality,” Barbera said in a statement.

“All these qualities, combined with her work as an author of children’s books and her commitment to her charitable work have cemented her status as an indelible and enduring global artist. To date, her extraordinary four-decade career, which began with her dazzling debut in John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic, ‘Halloween,’ encompasses more than 40 feature films and reminds us that true talent, combined with intelligence, wit, endurance and sheer grit, are the hallmarks of this true and unforgettable star.”

Throughout her career, Curtis has demonstrated her versatility as a performer, starring in acclaimed films such as the blockbuster “True Lies,” for which she won a Golden Globe Award; “Trading Places,” for which she earned a BAFTA (British Film Academy Award) for Best Supporting Actress; “A Fish Called Wanda,” for which she received duel Best Actress nominations from BAFTA and the Golden Globes; and the Disney feature film “Freaky Friday,” for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

Curtis’ other credits include the comedy “Knives Out,” the action vehicle “Blue Steel” and the dramas “The Tailor of Panama,” “My Girl” and “Forever Young.”

But it was her portrayal of Laurie Strode in Halloween, which was her film debut and brought her to the attention of audiences worldwide.

Curtis’ turn as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic “Halloween,” which was her film debut, brought her to the attention of audiences worldwide as she created a character that continues to capture the cultural imagination more than 40 years later.

In 2018, David Gordon Green’s “Halloween,” again starring Curtis, metaphorically killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman.

Jamie Lee Curtis stars in 2018’s “Halloween Kills” [Universal Pictures photo]

After playing the Venice International Film Festival, the sequel “Halloween Kills” will be released in theaters Oct. 15.

Minutes after Laurie Strode, her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all.

“Halloween Kills,” co-stars Will Patton (“Minari”), Thomas Mann (“Kong: Skull Island”) and Anthony Michael Hall (“The Dark Knight”).

From the returning filmmaking team responsible for the 2018 global phenomenon, “Halloween Kills” is written by Scott Teems (SundanceTV’s “Rectify”) and Danny McBride and Green based on characters created by Carpenter and Debra Hill. The film is produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. The executive producers are Carpenter, Curtis, McBride, Green and Ryan Freimann.

–BAM

 

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