Paul Haggis to Receive Golden Eye Honor at Zurich Film Festival

3:26 AM PST 09/06/2011 by Scott Roxborough
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Sean Penn, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Laurence Fishburne are also among this year's Zurich nominees.

COLOGNE, Germany - Two-time Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) will receive the Zurich Film Festival's Golden Eye Award, a life-time achievement honor, at this year's festival. Zurich will also present a retrospective of Haggis' career as a director and screenwriter, screening several of his films, including Crash, In the Valley of Elah, Casino Royale and Million Dollar Baby. Haggis' last film was the crime drama The Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks.

Haggis is only one of an impressive line-up of VIPs at this year's Zurich Film Fest (Sept. 22-Oct. 2). Others include Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel,Biutiful), actor Laurence Fishburne, who will chair the Zurich Fest's international jury, and another double Oscar winner, actor and activist Sean Penn. Penn will receive Zurich's Golden Icon Award on Sept. 28 for his film and charity work.

Like Penn, Haggis has made Haiti his cause and has worked with the actor helping to rebuild homes and communities on the disaster-struck island. Haggis is the founder of the charity Artists for Peace and Justice, which helps build schools and medical clinics in the Haitian slums.

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