The Aruba International Film Festival announced that filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci will be bestowed with The Golden Aruba Award for outstanding achievement in film at the inaugural Film Festival, taking place June 4-11, 2010. The announcement was made by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza.
Serving as the Festival's most prestigious symbol of recognition, the Golden Aruba Award "honors a filmmaker, actor or actress whose work has had a major impact and advanced the frontiers of cinematic artistry around the world." Bertolucci will be on hand for the special tribute and presentation in Aruba and will participate in the Festival's "In Conversations With" series alongside other notables such as Richard Gere and Guillermo Arriaga.
"Bernardo Bertolucci is simply my favorite director," said Claudio Masenza, in a statement. "Both as a genial film maker and wonderful friend, he is a constant source of inspiration in my life. What greater honor could I hope for than being able to start my involvement with the Aruba International Film Festival recognizing his greatness?"