Sigourney Weaver to Get San Sebastian Festival Lifetime Honor

Sigourney Weaver - H 2016
Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival

The actress will present her latest work, J.A. Bayona's 'A Monster Calls,' at the fest.

Sigourney Weaver will receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award at the 64th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

It also was revealed that her latest film, J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls, will screen in an out-of-competition slot on Sept. 21 in the event's official selection in what will be its European premiere.

Weaver will receive the Donostia Award at the screening. She stars alongside Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson in the Spanish production from Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema and Peliculas La Trini, which Universal Pictures International Spain will distribute in Spain.

Bayona’s third feature film ends a trilogy of intense tales focusing on the bond between mothers and their children. The first two films were The Orphanage (2007) and The Impossible (2012). His next project is the Jurassic World sequel slated for 2018.

The Donostia award ceremony will be Weaver’s third visit to the festival after presenting Alien in 1979 and A Map of the World in 1999.

“The festival’s most important honorary award acknowledges the career of the North American actress whose name has presided over some of the biggest productions in the last few decades, under the direction of moviemakers such as Ridley Scott, Peter Weir, James Cameron, Mike Nichols, Roman Polanski, Ang Lee and David Fincher,” organizers said.