Actor and filmmaker Al Pacino has won the Queer Lion at the 68th Venice Film Festival, beating 11 other films with LGBTI themes at the festival with his film Wilde Salome.

The documentary, about the heterosexual actor’s obsession with Oscar Wilde, was selected “For having crafted an extraordinary, passionate act of love for a genius through a new, dense and complex cinematic language, putting his unique charismatic figure of actor and director at full, complete disposal of Oscar Wilde’s body of work; for having traced in a strong, clear way the life, the loves, the success, the fall experienced by the Irish writer, and for having followed every step of the artistic creation of an innovative work — difficult to categorize — with wit and self-deprecating irony”.

In the film Pacino directs and acts in Wilde’s play Salome while simultaneously delving into the writer’s life.

Pacino, known for such roles as gangster Tony Montana in the Brian De Palma film Scarface and Roy Cohn in Angels in America, has called the film his “most personal film ever”.

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