The San Francisco Film Society has selected Richard Gere as the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting for the 58th San Francisco Intl. Film Festival.
The award will be presented to Gere at the Film Society Awards Night on April 27 at the Armory Community Center.
Gere will also honored the night before at the Castro Theatre. That event will include an onstage interview, a selection of clips and a screening of Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind.” In that 2014 film, Gere portrays a man who tries to patch things up with his estranged daughter after circumstances force him into a homeless shelter.
“Richard Gere is one of cinema’s few unmistakable icons, a powerful connection to the heart of Hollywood history,” said SFFS exec director Noah Cowan. “But when we saw his extraordinary performance in ‘Time Out of Mind,’ we were instantly reminded of something else — that he is an intoxicatingly gifted actor, capable of extraordinary depth and subtlety.”
Previous recipients of the Owens Award include Jeremy Irons, Harrison Ford and Judy Davis.