Benicio del Toro to Receive Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival

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Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro will receive the Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday.

Del Toro's latest film Escobar: Paradise Lost, a Chapter 2 and Roxbury co-production, will close the Pearls Selection at the festival, which runs Sept. 19-27.

Escobar, written by Andrea Di Stefano, tells of young surfer Nick who thinks he has landed in paradise when he falls in love with a Colombian girl while visiting his brother in the South American country, only to have his mind changed when he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar. 

Del Toro has confirmed he will come to San Sebastian to present the film and receive the Donostia at the closing ceremony. Di Stefano, Josh Hutcherson and Carlos Bardem will also be present for the film's Spanish premiere.

The Puerto Rican-born Del Toro is a favorite at San Sebastian, where he has accompanied his films throughout his career. Del Toro won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic as well as an Oscar nomination for his work in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 Grams. Del Toro reteamed with Soderbergh to star in the biography of Che Guevera Che. The performance won him the Best Actor award at the Palme D'Or Closing ceremony at Cannes in 2008 and again the following year at the Goya Awards in Madrid, Spain. Benicio starred opposite Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins in Joe Johnston's The Wolfman and as Lado in Oliver Stone's Savages. Del Toro was also seen as Jimmy, the lead in Jimmy P. The film was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He was last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, a sci-fi action film for Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Enterprises that was released in the beginning of August 2014.  

Next year he will play Mambru in Fernando Leon de Aranoa's A Perfect Day and Sauncho Smilax in Inherent Vice, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The actor is currently in production on Denis Villeneuve's Sicaro.

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