Actor to receive festival's Golden Icon Award

BERLIN — The Zurich Film Festival will honor Morgan Freeman this year with its Golden Icon Award.

The prize is awarded in recognition of the life’s work of an actor or actress and was presented for the first time in 2008, when Sylvester Stallone received the accolade.

Freeman will attend the fest to receive the prize during its closing night on Oct. 3.

In announcing its decision to honor Freeman, who won a best supporting actor in 2005 for his role in Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby,” and next stars as Nelson Mandela in Eastwood’s “Invictus,” the fest said: “His multifaceted talent, his sense of business and his integrity have earned him a level of respect within and outside the entertainment industry that few others enjoy. His broad spectrum of roles ranges from police officer to criminal, professional killer to God himself. The actor adeptly avoids concentrating on a single genre and the corset of type casting.”

The Zurich Film Festival is also feting Roman Polanski with a lifetime achievement award and a retrospective of his work.

The Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 24-Oct. 4.

In other festival news, producers Patrick Cassavetti (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Emma”) and Sylvia Caminer (“Order of Redemption”) have been tapped for jury duty by the Oldenburg Film Festival.

The event’s international jury selects the winner of the fest’s German Independence Award for best German film.

Also serving on the jury this year is American writer-director Buddy Giovinazzo, whose “Life Is Hot in Cracktown,” starring Brandon Routh, unspools at this year’s fest. Giovinazzo regularly directs episodes of German pubcasters ARD’s hit cop movie series “Tatort.”

Other members include Chris Gore, founder of the magazine Film Threat, and Aida LiPera, manager, acquisitions and festivals, at New York-based sales company Visit Films.

The Oldenburg fest runs Sept. 16-20.

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