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AWARDING CREATIVITY: Gucci Group has unveiled the nominees for its annual cinema award and Julian Schnabel, who won last year, is on the list again. Others nominated are photographer Isaac Julien, musician Adam Yauch and artist Steve McQueen. The award will be given Sept. 1, during the international Venice Film Festival, at François Pinault’s art museum Palazzo Grassi.
Marco Müller, artistic director of the festival; Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia; artist Jeff Koons and Stefano Pilati, creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, are part of the selection committee in charge of singling out an international artist and his contribution to cinema. “This award represents the constant effort of the group to promote originality and creativity in the arts,” said Robert Polet, chairman and chief executive officer of Gucci Group. This will be the third edition of the award, which was first bestowed on Nick Cave. Schnabel is nominated for directing “Lou Reed’s Berlin,” on Reed’s Brooklyn performance of his 1973 “Berlin” album two years ago, while Julien is in the running for directing “Derek,” written and narrated by Tilda Swinton, which celebrates the work of director Derek Jarman. McQueen is nominated for the direction of “Hunger,” on the last six weeks of the life of IRA member Bobby Sands, and Yauch for directing the documentary “Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot.” Muller said the committee selected “the most original international artists,” and their “creative metamorphoses.”
— Luisa Zargani