Schrader to receive life award at Stockholm fest


STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Paul Schrader, who gained his breakthrough with the script for "Taxi Driver," will receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's Stockholm International Film Festival.

The 61-year-old writer-director is being recognized for his "unique voice, which gives life to sharp, relentless characters in a modern city," festival organizers said Tuesday.

"With the linguistic brilliance of a screenwriter and a director's eye for visuals, Paul Schrader has helped advance the cinematic medium for over three decades," organizers said.

Schrader will receive the Bronze Horse award Nov. 18. His films as a director include "American Gigolo," "Cat People" and "Mishima -- A Life in Four Chapters."

Last year's Bronze Horse winner was Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom. Previous winners also include Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, David Lynch, Lauren Bacall and Gena Rowlands.

The 10-day film festival starts Nov. 15.