Director Pedro Almodovar poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Pain and Glory' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France,, May 18, 2019.
Director Pedro Almodovar poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Pain and Glory' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France,, May 18, 2019.

ROME - The Spanish Oscar-winning writer and director Pedro Almodovar will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Film Festival.

The decision from the board of the Biennale di Venezia, follows a proposal by the festival's director, Alberto Barbera.

Almodovar, whose film credits include 1999's All About My Mother and 2002's Talk to Her , said Friday he has good memories of Venice, where he made his international debut in 1983: “This Lion is going to become my pet, along with the two cats I live with.”

Barbera praised Almodovar as “the greatest and most influential Spanish director since Bunuel” and “a filmmaker who has offered us the most multifaceted, controversial, and provocative portraits of post-Franco Spain.”

The 76th Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 28 to Sept. 7.