Japanese director Takeshi Kitano will be the first winner of the Venice International Film Festival's new "Glory to the Film Maker!" award, organizers have announced.
"I'm really grateful. I'm glad that the name of my work will remain in the form of an award," said Kitano, who also goes by the stage name of "Beat Takeshi."
Kitano, 60, will receive the award in a ceremony to be held in Venice on Thursday next week. The festival will start on Wednesday. (Mainichi)
August 24, 2007