Guillermo Del Toro to Be Honored by San Francisco Film Society

Guillermo del Toro - H 2014
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Guillermo del Toro - H 2014

In addition to presenting him with its directing award, the San Francisco International Film Festival will screen his film 'The Devil's Backbone.'

Guillermo del Toro will be honored by the San Francisco Film Society, which is presenting him with its Irving M. Levin Directing Award on April 27 as part of the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23 to May 7.

The festival will also hold "An Evening with Guillermo del Toro" at the Castro Theatre on April 25, which will include an onstage interview with the director and then a screening of his 2001 film The Devil's Backbone.

"Guillermo del Toro's remarkable ability to shift between intimate political drama and blockbuster action is shared with only a very few select filmmakers at the top of the field," Noah Cowan, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, said. "This award is a tribute to his boundless imagination and to his deep understanding of cinema history. Del Toro is both a great teacher and a boisterous communicator of why movies matter. We are going to have a very fun night with him here indeed."

Del Toro's next film, the gothic thriller Crimson Peak, will be released by Universal on Oct. 16.