62-year-old actress Jamie Lee Curtis will be honored at the 78th annual Venice International Film Festival. Organizers announced in a press release that Curtis will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the film festival. The award ceremony will take place Sept. 8 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema. The event will be followed by the out-of-competition screening of Curtis’ film Halloween Kills.
Said Curtis: “I am incredibly humbled to be honored in this way by the Venice International Film Festival. 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.”
Halloween Kills is the 12th film in the ‘Halloween’ franchise, directed by David Gordon Green, and starring Curtis, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak. The movie opens in theaters Oct. 15.