Festival director Marco Mueller described Pacino as "an amazing director, whose experience is precious and original and enriches the world of contemporary film."
Pacino is being honored as a director; his third film, 'Wilde Salome' will premiere after the award ceremony. The feature-length documentary explores the actor's obsession with Oscar Wilde's play 'Salome,' just as his first film ,'Looking for Richard,' examined the Shakespeare play 'Richard III.'
The honor will be given out Sept. 4 as part of the 68th Venice International Film Festival, which runs Aug. 31 through Sept. 10.
"There is nowhere else I would rather debut 'Wilde Salome,' than at Venice, because of its rich artistic history," Pacino said. "'Wilde Salome' is an exploration into the world of Oscar Wilde the artist, and in 'Salome,' the emancipation of a work that lives on," said Pacino.
In the production within the film, Pacino plays Herod, with Jessica Chastain as the dancer Salome and Kevin Anderson as John the Baptist.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]