Denzel Washington to Open San Sebastian Film Fest, Get Lifetime Honor

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington attended drama school at ACT in San Francisco, which as part of a top regional theater currently attracts undergrads for its new 15-week San Francisco semester.

UPDATED: The Spanish festival will screen the European premiere of Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer," featuring the star, as its opening film.

Denzel Washington will open this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival with the European premiere of his latest movie, The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua, festival organizers said on Wednesday.

The American star will also receive the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the fest, which will be held Sept. 19-27 in the northern Spanish seaside resort city.

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Fuqua directed Training Day, for which Washington received the Oscar for best actor in 2002.  

In The Equalizer, based on a 1980s TV series, Washington plays a former intelligence officer drawn out of retirement to battle a gang of ultra-violent Russian mobsters.

It is to be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and is scheduled for U.S. release and Imax screens worldwide on Sept. 26.
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In announcing the lifetime achievement award, festival organizers cited Washington’s past roles in such films as Glory, Malcolm X, Philadelphia, Inside Man and Flight, as well as his many acting awards and nominations.

Sidebars, competition lineup and other events at the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival will be announced in the coming weeks.