San Sebastian: Ethan Hawke Set for Donostia Award

Hawke follows in the footsteps of Denzel Washington, Benicio del Toro, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall

MADRID– Ethan Hawke will receive a 2016 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at September’s 64th San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.

Hawke will be honored Sept. 17 at a ceremony prior to San Sebastian’s gala screening of Antoine Fuqua’s remake of classic western “The Magnificent Seven,” in  which Hawke co-stars alongside Denzel Washington. The film will close the Venice Festival and then segues to Toronto, where it opens the festival.

“Hawke’s career, spanning thirty years and four Academy Award nominations, has solidified his reputation as a truly multifaceted artist, challenging himself as a screenwriter, director, novelist and actor of the stage and screen,” the San Sebastian Festival said in a statement.

An actor who has also leveraged his fame to give more prominence to high-profile independent titles – as with his fruitful partnership with Richard Linklater which takes in titles such as “Boyhood,” “Before Midnight” and “Before Sunset” – Hawke enjoys a broad base of fans and a wide industry respect in and outside Spain.

Rather like Mexico’s Gael Garcia Bernal, who will also be honoured at San Sebastian with a new San Sebastian prize, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award, Hawke has also doubled up as a director – helming 2006 music drama “The Hottest State” and 2015’s documentary “Seymour: An Introduction.” He also served as a producer of Antoine Fuqua’s 2015 TV movie “Exit Strategy,” for Fox, which he also toplined.

In 2002, Hawke received his first Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his work in Fuqua’s “Training Day.” His additional credits include ”Dead Poets Society,” “Good Kill,” “Reality Bites,” “Great Expectations,” “Hamlet,” “Gattaca,” “Brooklyn’s Finest,” “The Purge,” and “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead.”

As previously announced, Sigourney Weaver will receive another Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Festival’s 64th edition, which runs Sept. 16-24.

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