Moviemaker Spike Lee is set to be honoured for his contributions to cinema at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.
The Do the Right Thing director has been announced as the recipient of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award and he will be the guest of honour when he is presented with the prize in Italy on 31 August (12).
Event director Alberto Barbera says, "Spike Lee is a bold creative spirit, the author of daring and corrosive films, often unpredictable and provocative in the best sense of the term. Films that challenge us to rethink our prejudices and our preconceptions."
Lee is set to present the world premiere of his new Michael Jackson documentary, Bad 25, at the 69th Venice Film Festival, which kicks off on 29 August (12) and runs until 8 September (12).