A rare 35mm print screening of his notorious 1971 classic The Devils will accompany the presentation.
Ken Russell will receive a liftime achievement award at the upcoming 14th annual Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada (July 8-28).
The presentation of the award will be accompanied by a rare 35mm print screening of his notorious 1971 classic The Devils starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave which is still unavailable on DVD anywhere in the world.
Russell will be in Montreal for a week to receive the award and kick off a major retrospective of his filmography split between the Cinematheque Quebecoise and Cinema Du Parc.
Fantasia will also screen the newly complete version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis which will be shown in the 3000-seat Wilfred Pelletier theatre on July 28. Silent film composer Gabriel Thibaudeau has written a new score for the feature which he will perform live on the night with a 13-piece orchestra.
Also at Fantasia, animation veterans Don Bluth and Gary Goldman will receive lifetime achievement awards. The Land Before Time will be screened on the night.