Toronto, Canada, August 3 (EFE) — Pedro Almodovar and Spike Lee will be honored with the 2023 Tribute Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in recognition of the global impact of the two directors’ careers. Canadian sample.
Almodóvar, “one of the world’s leading filmmakers”, will receive the Jeff Skoll Impact Media Award, while Lee, “a cultural icon who has influenced generations of filmmakers”, will be honored with the Ebert Filmmaker’s Award.
The awards will be presented on September 10 in Toronto during the 48th edition of the show, considered one of the most important in the world.
Previous Tribute Awards have included Michelle Yeoh, Brendan Fraser, Jessica Chastain, Roger Deakins, Anthony Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, Taika Waititi and Chloe Zhao.
TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said in a statement that it is “very gratifying to recognize Pedro Almodóvar” with the 2023 Jeff Skoll Impact Media Award, an award that recognizes leadership in bringing together social impact and film.
“His artistic vision, bold storytelling and unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of cinema have had a profound impact. (Almodóvar) challenges social norms, champions diversity and illuminates the human experience with sensitivity and elegance,” Bailey added.
The 48th Toronto International Film Festival will take place from 7 to 17 September. More than 200 films from all over the world will be shown during the screening.
This year the festival will open with the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s film The Boy and the Heron. For the first time in TIFF history, the show begins with an animated film.