Nyack area-resident Jonathan Demme will be the recipient of the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
The Oscar-winning “Silence of the Lambs” director, who is on the Board of Directors of the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, will pick up the prestigious award on Sept. 3. He will also serve as president of the festival’s Horizons Jury, which focuses on world cinema.
“Jonathan Demme is part of that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionized Hollywood in the ‘70s,” festival Alberto Barbera said in a statement. “From the cultured reinterpretation of genres in his early films, to the development of a personal film style deeply rooted in the individual, to his systematic incursion into documentary filmmaking distinguished by his innovative approach, Demme has brought to life a vivid gallery of characters against the background of an exuberantly pop American landscape that harks back to the classic figurative experiences of the ‘60s, anticipating the post-Modernist experimentation of many contemporary auteurs.”
Demme’s latest film “Ricki And The Flash,” which stars his good friend Meryl Streep, was filmed at locations throughout Westchester. It is currently playing in theaters.