Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Sigourney Weaver to be honored at San Sebastián film festival 2016

Sigourney Weaver is set to receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award at the 64th San Sebastián film festival, according to organizers on Tuesday.

The festival runs from September 18-26 and Weaver will receive the honor on September 21st when her new film, “A Monster Calls” is screened at the film festival. The film has a Spanish director, Juan Antonio Bayona, and also stars Felicity Jones, Lewis McDougall and Liam Neeson.

This isn’t the first time Sigourney has attended the film festival in the Basque resort city. She was at San Sebastián back in 1979 with the release of “Alien” and again in 1999 for her role in “A Map of the World.”

According to a press release by the festival organizers, the Donostia lifetime achievement award acknowledges a North American actress whose name has been included in some of the largest productions of the last few decades with directors and moviemakers such as James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Roman Polanski, Mike Nicholls, Peter Weir, David Fincher and Ange Lee.
Sigourney Weaver became famous back in 1979 for her lead role as Ellen Ripley in Ripley Scott’s sci-fi film, “Alien.” She is also well known for her roles in the various sequels, “Aliens,” “Alien 3” and “Alien: Resurrection.” She was also recognized in her Oscar-nominated role as Dian Fossey in the film “Gorillas in the Mist.”

Since then Weaver has also starred in the original “Ghostbuster” films, as well as James Cameron’s “Avatar,” among many other appearances on screen and stage.

The Donostia Award was first launched in 1986 and has recognized Hollywood Golden Age greats such as Bette Davis in 1989, weeks prior to her death. Since then the award has been presented to high-profile figures in Hollywood and European cinema, including Al Pacino (1995) and Michael Caine and Robert de Niro in 2000.

[Photo by David Shankbone/CC BY-SA 3.0]
[Source: The Local]