SIGOURNEY WEAVER is to receive the 2016 Donostia Award for lifetime achievement at the 64th San Sebastian film festival, which this year takes place from September 18 until September 26.
The American star of the Alien saga, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl, and a host of other big screen successes, will receive the prestigious prize on September 21, at the European premiere of her new film A Monster Calls, directed by Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona.
The movie is based on a children’s novel, in which a young boy receives repeated visits from a monster while his mother is on her death bed with terminal cancer, and also stars Liam Neeson.
A statement from festival organisers published on Tuesday, July 19, said that Weaver 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.”
Launched in 1986, the Donostia award was first handed to cinematic legends such as Bette Davis and Gregory Peck, with subsequent winners including Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Michael Caine, Julia Roberts, Woody Allen, and Robert de Niro.