As the world's oldest film festival, Venice will mark the jubilee with an event dedicated to Alexander Kluge, the German director (also 75 years old), who was born the same year as the festival's inception.
Kluge has been awarded two Golden Lions and a Silver Lion and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in 1982, Venice's 50th anniversary.
The Silver Lion - Special Jury Prize, was given to Kluge in 1966 for his first feature film, Abschied Von Gestern (Yesterday Girl), while he took Venice's top prize - the Golden Lion in 1968 for Die Artisten In Der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos (Artists Under The Big Top: Perplexed)
While Venice is 75 years old, the fest will actually be in its 64th edition this August 29-September 8, 2007. Some years were skipped due to political upheaval around WWII, among other things.
Kluge will provide an overview of the last 75 years of the history of cinema with a special programme that includes silent films and young cinema of 1960's Germany. He will directly curate the works to be presented which 'promise to indicate the relationship between cinema, visual arts, music and opera,' the press statement released by the biennale elaborated.
Marco Muller, Venice's artistic director expressed 'thanks to Kluge for his innovative program designed especially for the festival.'
The Kluge events for the 64th Festival are in collaboration with German Films, Goethe-Institut -which will publish a dedicated illustrated catalogue for the occasion.