Chi fest to honor Dunaway

Thesp to receive Career Achievement Award

PARIS — Faye Dunaway will receive the Chicago Intl. Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award at its opening night Oct. 4.

“The Yellow Bird,” Dunaway’s short-film directing debut, will be shown before David Mamet’s “Heist,” which replaces the previously scheduled preem of “Collateral Damage.”

Festival founder and artistic director Michael Kutza cites the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress’s “larger-than-life star power” and “ability to project complex emotions in every role she is in.”

Dunaway, who has appeared in over 70 films, made her screen debut in “The Happening” (1967). The actress starred in three films in the American Film Institute’s 100 Best American Movies Ever Made: No. 19, “Chinatown”; No. 27, “Bonnie and Clyde”: and No. 66, “Network.” Dunaway returned to her stage roots in 1996, starring on Broadway as Maria Callas in “Master Class,” which she hopes to bring to the screen.

Twenty years after playing Joan Crawford in the camp classic “Mommie Dearest,” Dunaway will next play Mae West in “The Calling.”

The gala opening of the event’s 37th edition is sponsored by Marshall Fields’ Project Imagine, which earmarks a percentage of revenue for arts and cultural organizations.

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