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Robert Redford, Jane Fonda to Receive Honor at Venice Film Festival

Pair will pick up Golden Lions ahead of world premiere of their Netflix film, ”Our Souls at Night“

Robert Redford and Jane Fonda will receive Golden Lions for lifetime achievement at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

The ceremony honoring them will take place on Sept. 1 and will be followed by the world premiere of “Our Souls at Night,” the Netflix film in which they both star.

“Few Hollywood legends have demonstrated such determination and courage over the course of their professional career as Jane Fonda,” festival director Alberto Barbera said in a statement. “Her life has been marked by intense passion in her pursuit of freedom from every type of conformism, with a touching and vulnerable generosity.”

Barbera added about Redford, “His commitment to characters and story match his commitment and passion for the complex beauty and values of our ever evolving world.”

Director Ritesh Batra’s “Our Souls at Night,” which will screen out of competition, centers on Addie Moore (Fonda) paying an unexpected visit to neighbor Louis Waters (Redford). The film launches on Netflix later this year and marks the pair’s first time sharing the screen since 1979’s “The Electric Horseman.”

Fonda is a two-time Oscar winner and picked up an Emmy nomination last week for her role on Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” Redford, who founded the Sundance Film Festival, won an Oscar for directing 1980’s “Ordinary People.”

The 74th Venice International Film Festival runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 9.

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