Jane Fonda and Robert Redford have each been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice International Film Festival and the duo’s upcoming pic Our Souls At Night, a Netflix original film, will world premiere at the 74th edition of the fest in an out-of-competition slot.
Our Souls At Night, which is directed by Ritesh Batra and produced by Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises, will screen on September 1 in the Palazzo del Cinema and a ceremony to award the film’s stars Fonda and Redford will take place just before the screening.
The film marks the first time Fonda and Redford have appeared on screen together since they both starred in 1979’s The Electric Horseman. Based on the novel by Kent Haruf and adapted for screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, Our Souls At Night is set in Colorado and begins when Addie Moore (Fonda) pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor Louis Waters (Redford). Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town, they’d been neighbors for decades but had little contact. Netflix is launching the film globally next year.
“Few Hollywood legends have demonstrated such determination and courage over the course of their professional career as Jane Fonda,” said Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera. “Her life has been marked by intense passion in her pursuit of freedom from every type of conformism, with a touching and vulnerable generosity. At times a political and social activist, a sex symbol, a writer, a feminist icon, a producer and a prophet of physical fitness, but above all an extraordinarily successful and talented actress, Jane Fonda is one of the great protagonists of contemporary international cinema. This Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is a due tribute to the personal commitment and brilliant qualities of an actress who has brought unforgettable, controversial and heterogenous characters to life.”
Redford, said Barbera, has “led us through almost five decades of compelling filmmaking and advocacy with a combination of rigor, intelligence and grace that is virtually unsurpassed.”
“A slightly reluctant star, since very early in his career Redford has used his onscreen talent and success to make films about issues he cared about and to pave the way for other independent filmmakers like him,” said Barbera. “A thoughtful, instinctive actor with a keen sense of detail, as an Academy Award-winning director and producer, Redford has proven himself a masterful storyteller. His commitment to characters and story match his commitment and passion for the complex beauty and values of our ever-evolving world.”
The 74th Venice Film Festival takes place August 30-September 9, 2017.