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Sheen’s acting career spans film and television and includes star turns in classic films such as Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now, Badlands, Wall Street and The Departed.
His TV work includes his SAG-winning outing as fictional U.S. president Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing.
Sheen said he was “honored by the exciting news” of being chosen for the Dubai plaudit.
“This esteemed recognition inspires me to continue doing what I love most: telling stories through the art of cinema,” Sheen said. “I am very much looking forward to visiting Dubai in December and being immersed in the region’s blossoming film industry.”
Sheen will also take part in a public ‘In Conversation with Martin Sheen’ Q&A event, which will be held during the course of the festival.
DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma described Sheen as “a cinematic legend whose remarkable career has spanned five decades.”
Said Juma: “In that time, he has brought to life a huge variety of compelling, intelligent and wonderfully engaging characters on the big and small screens. We are honored to present Martin Sheen with the DIFF lifetime achievement award, and we look forward to welcoming him to Dubai.”
Previous DIFF lifetime achievement honorees include Omar Sharif, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Michael Apted and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.
The 10th edition of the festival runs Dec. 6-14.
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