James Franco is set to receive an innovation award at the Venice Film Festival.
The prestigious Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory award recognises individuals who are focused on innovating contemporary cinema.
The actor and director will be honoured before premièring The Sound and the Fury, his adaptation of the William Faulkner novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Festival director Alberto Barbera said in a statement: "The adaptation of the great classics of American literature, like his new film based on a novel by Faulkner which will be presented in Venice, is a major thread in his creative approach, characterized by boldness, lucidity, courage and self-confidence.
"These values transform his omnivorous verve into a concept of total art performance, founded on considerable curiosity and intelligence."
Franco stars in The Sound and the Fury alongside Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey King, Ahna O’Reilly, Seth Rogen and Jon Hamm.