As well as receiving the honor, the actor, who won Academy Awards for “The Godfather: Part II” and “Raging Bull,” and was Oscar-nominated on five other occasions, will present Martin Scorsese’s restored “Taxi Driver,” in which he starred. The movie, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, is being shown at an open-air screening in front of a 3,000-strong audience.
De Niro will also be interviewed onstage at the festival’s National Theater about his career by Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist Pictures, who also programs the Kinescope section of the festival.
De Niro will next be seen in The Weinstein Company’s boxing film “Hands of Stone,” and Grindhouse Entertainment’s “Bus 657.” Further screen appearances include Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian,” and HBO’s “Wizard of Lies,” in which he plays Bernie Madoff.
Previous recipients of the Heart of Sarajevo Award include Angelina Jolie, Benicio Del Toro, Gael Garcia Bernal and Steve Buscemi. The award was designed by French designer and filmmaker agnès b, who is also a patron of the festival.