James Franco to be honoured at the Venice Film Festival

'Spring Breakers' star to be awarded Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker prize

James Franco will be awarded the ‘Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker’ prize at next month’s Venice Film Festival.

The star of Spring Breakers and 127 Hours is in competition in Venice with his film The Sound and the Fury adapted from the novel by William Faulkner.

The Wrap reports that the prize awarded for “an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema” will be made to Franco in recognition for his work as “a relentless ‘manufacturer’ of cultural imagery”.

Festival director Alberto Barbera said: “[He] is one of the most versatile and multi-talented auteurs on the current American scene, as an actor in cinema and theatre, director, screenwriter, producer, soap-opera star, video-artist and much more…”

“The adaptation of the great classics of American literature, like his new film based on a novel by Faulkner which will be presented in Venice, is a major thread in his creative approach, characterized by boldness, lucidity, courage and self-confidence,” he continued. “These values transform his omnivorous verve into a concept of total art performance, founded on considerable curiosity and intelligence.”

Franco has come a long way since his supporting role in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman. The Sound and the Fury starring Haze Franco, Seth Rogen, Joey King and Danny McBride will be released in cinemas later this year.

Franco also stars with Seth Rogen in The Interview. The comedy, due in cinemas this christmas, follows the pair as talkshow hosts who bag an exclusive chat with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. But they’re prime time TV plans change when the CIA recruits them to assassinate the leader.

Watch the trailer below: