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MADRID – The San Sebastian International Film Festival will honor Dustin Hoffman with the fifth and final Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 60th edition, where the two-time Academy Award-winning actor will present his directorial debut Quartet.
The festival wants to highlighting Hoffman’s “brilliant career,” that saw him become an overnight star thanks to his leading part in one of modern American cinema’s most emblematic movies, The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols. His part earned him an Academy Award nomination for best actor and opened the doors to Hollywood for him. He was once again nominated for the statuette for another unforgettable performance as Ratso Rizzo in John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969).
Other memorable films include classics like Straw Dogs (1971), All the President’s Men (1976), divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), cross-dressing Tootsie (1982) and Rain Man (1988).
Hoffman will close the festival with Quartet, featuring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, Trevor Peacock, David Ryall and Luke Newberry.
Quartet takes place in Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers where every year the trio formed by Reggie, Wilf and Cissie organise a concert to celebrate Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday. The home’s peaceful life is upset when a new arrival turns out to be Reggie’s ex-wife, Jean.
San Sebastian takes place Sept. 21-29 in Spain’s northern Basque region.
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