Stephen Frears, whose latest film “The Program” will play at Stockholm, will be on hand at the festival to receive a Lifetime achievement award, the Bronze Horse.
“This year’s receiver of the Lifetime Achievement Award is a filmmaker who is not afraid to take a stand for those who exist at the margins of society. His filmmaking ranges from political films with social pathos to grand epics with the biggest stars,” stated the festival. “Regardless of what form the story takes, Stephen Frears shows us that he is a director with a genuine curiosity for people’s life stories.”
Frears presented his previous movie, “Philomena” at Stockholm in 2013 and earned a warm critical response.
“The Program” narrates the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, the undefeated Tour de France champion who was involved in the most sophisticated doping program in the history of cycling.
Pic stars Ben Foster as Armstrong and Chris O’Dowd as David Walsh, the journalist who devoted years of his life to uncover the fraud.
AB Svensk Filmindustri will release the film in Sweden on Dec. 4.
The Bronze Horse has previously been awarded to Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg, David Lynch and Oliver Stone and Mike Leigh, among others.