Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes to Get Gala Tributes at New York Film Festival
The events will take place a week apart; Fiennes' tribute will coincide with a screening of "The Invisible Woman."
Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes will each receive gala tributes at this year's New York Film Festival, it was announced Thursday.
Blanchett's gala tribute will take place Wednesday, Oct. 2, and Fiennes' event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9, in conjunction with the screening of his film The Invisible Woman, which he directed and stars in.
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These events, which include intimate dinners with honorees and VIP guests, "celebrate the work of individuals working in film who have made significant artistic contributions to film culture in the past and will continue to do so in the future."
Blanchett starred opposite Fiennes in Oscar and Lucinda and will next be seen in George Clooney's The Monuments Men.
"In the year that many critics are hailing her most recent -- and perhaps greatest -- performance [in Blue Jasmine], [NYFF producer] the Film Society [of Lincoln Center] is delighted to celebrate the career of Cate Blanchett," the center's executive director Rose Kuo said. "Since her breakthrough in Oscar and Lucinda in 1997, Ms. Blanchett has consistently mesmerized audiences with some of the boldest screen performances of the past 20 years, with roles as diverse as Queen Elizabeth I and Bob Dylan.”
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Regarding Fiennes, Kuo added: “In just his third screen role, Ralph Fiennes' performance as the monstrous Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List terrified audiences with its personification of evil. Since then, Mr. Fiennes has brilliantly embodied the larger-than-life creations of writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens, and Graham Greene, among others, and given us an extraordinary body of work to celebrate. The Film Society is excited to honor him at this year’s New York Film Festival not only as an actor, but as the director of The Invisible Woman, truly one of the noteworthy films of the year."
Nicole Kidman, David Cronenberg and Pedro Almodovar are among those who have received gala tributes in the past.
The New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13.