Richard Gere to Be Honored by San Francisco Film Festival

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Richard Gere in 'Time Out of Mind'

The festival will also screen the actor's new film, 'Time Out of Mind,' directed by Oren Moverman.

Richard Gere will be honored by the San Francisco Film Society, which will present him with its Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at its Film Society Awards Night 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 Richard Gere at the Castro Theatre on April 26, at which the actor will take part in an onstage interview, which will be followed by a screening of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, in which Gere plays a homeless man.

“Richard Gere is one of cinema’s few unmistakable icons, a powerful connection to the heart of Hollywood history,” said SFFS executive director Noah Cowan. "But when we saw his extraordinary performance in Time Out of Mind, we were instantly reminded of something else — that he is an intoxicatingly gifted actor, capable of extraordinary depth and subtlety. We anticipate continuing acclaim for Gere now and through the awards season."

Gere won a Golden Globe in 2003 for his performance in Chicago. He will next appear in Franny, directed by Andrew Renzi, and Oppenheimer Strategies, co-starring Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen and Steve Buscemi.

The award is named after Peter J. Owens, who was an actor, a film producer, a philanthropist and an important supporter of the Film Society.