August 13, 2009 / 1:00 AM / 8 years ago

Sylvester Stallone to be honored at Venice fest

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sylvester Stallone will receive the Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

<p>Sylvester Stallone waves to fans during the premiere for his latest movie "Rambo" in Tokyo May 8, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai</p>

The prize, which previously has been awarded to Takeshi Kitano, Agnes Varda and Abbas Kiarostami, is given each year to an artist who has left a mark on contemporary cinema.

“Being honored at the Venice Film Festival is something I have always hoped would become a reality, and now that it’s actually happened it’s been well worth the wait,” Stallone said in a statement.

The 66th edition of the Venice festival runs September 2-12.

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