Beatty nabs S.F. lifetime kudo

Thesp to receive Akira Kurosawa Award

Warren Beatty will receive the Akira Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in film directing at the 45th annual San Francisco Intl. Film Festival, which runs April 18-May 2.

Nod, named for Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (who was its first recipient in 1986), will be presented to Beatty April 25 at the fest’s Film Society Awards Night at San Francisco’s Argent Hotel.

Other previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Robert Bresson.

“Warren Beatty is a multitalented filmmaker who is passionate about film and extremely active in all aspects of moviemaking,” said Roxanne Messina Captor, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society. “The Film Society is proud to bring Mr. Beatty, an American icon of cinema, to San Francisco for this tribute to his distinctive directorial achievements.”

Beatty won the best director Oscar for 1981’s “Reds,” which he also co-produced, co-wrote and starred in. Among the hyphenate’s other films are “Heaven Can Wait,” “Bugsy” and “Bulworth.” He will next star with Uma Thurman in Miramax’s “Kill Bill.”

Fest soon will announce the recipient of its Peter J. Owens Award for brilliance, independence and integrity by an actor.