Dustin Hoffman to receive Donostia award at Spanish film fest

MUMBAI: Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman will be honoured with a special lifetime achievement award by Spain‘s top film festival, the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The festival will take place from 21 to 29 September.
Seventy five year old Hoffman will receive the Donostia award marking the 60th anniversary of the festival in northern Spain, the oldest and most prestigious event of its kind in the Spanish-speaking world.
"The award will be a tribute to one of Hollywood‘s greatest actors, winner of two Academy Awards and a brilliant career behind him," according to a statement from the festival organisers.
Hoffman has starred in films like The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Straw Dogs, All the President‘s Men, Marathon Man, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie and Rain Man. Hoffman will also show his directorial sensibilities at the San Sebastian festival where he will present his directorial debut Quartet; a film set in a home for retired opera singers.
The film centers around three of the residents organise a concert every year to celebrate Giuseppe Verdi‘s birthday. But their peaceful life is disrupted by the arrival of one of the trio‘s ex-wife, and the potential of her expanding their group to a quartet.
Others to be honoured with awards during the festival are director Oliver Stone, John Travolta, Tommy Lee Jones and Scottish actor Ewan McGregor.

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