Al Pacino's "Wilde Salome" Will Debut at Venice Film Festival

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04 May 2011

"Wilde Salome," Al Pacino's documentary that explores the complexities of the Oscar Wilde play Salome, will make its debut at the Venice Film Festival Sept. 4 following a ceremony that will present the Oscar-winning actor with the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker award, according to Variety.



The film, which is produced by Barry Navidi and Robert Fox, with Salome Productions and Tripod Entertainment, features Pacino with Jessica Chastain in the title role.

In a statement Pacino, who is a 2011 Tony nominee for his performance in the recent revival of The Merchant of Venice, said, "There is nowhere else I would rather debut 'Wilde Salome' than at Venice, because of its rich artistic history." He described his documentary as "an exploration into the world of Oscar Wilde the artist and in 'Salome,' the emancipation of a work that lives on."

The Venice Film Festival says "Wilde Salome" is "an unprecedented behind the scenes look at Pacino's odyssey: a master class of insight into this cultural icon."

Pacino's Salome was developed at the Actor's Studio and presented at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY (November 2002), then played the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY (February 2003) before playing on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (April 2003).

Academy Award winner Al Pacino, most recently on Broadway in the acclaimed Public Theater revival of The Merchant of Venice, made his Broadway debut in the 1969 production of Does a Tiger Wear Necktie?, earning a Tony Award for his performance. He scored another Tony for his role in the 1977 revival of The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. He also starred in 1996 in a revival of Hughie, which he also directed. Pacino's other Broadway credits include Salome, Camino Real, King Richard III, American Buffalo and Chinese Coffee. He received the Academy Award for his work in the film "Scent of a Woman."