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Robert De Niro to receive the first Lifetime Achievement Heart of Sarajevo


- The living legend of American cinema will present Taxi Driver at the opening of the festival

Robert De Niro to receive the first Lifetime Achievement Heart of Sarajevo
Robert De Niro (© Brigitte Lacombe)

Sarajevo Film Festival has announced that Robert De Niro will be the recepient of its first ever Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for Lifetime Achievement. The legendary actor will receive the award at the opening of the festival on 12 August, at the festival's 3,000-seat Open Air venue, and present the restored Taxi Driver, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

"We are honoured to have Robert De Niro as the first recipient of the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo – Lifetime Achievement Award," said Mirsad Purivatra, Director of the Sarajevo Film Festival. “Ever since we met ten years ago at the Tribeca Film Festival, we were hopeful that Robert De Niro would be able to come to Sarajevo. That day has come and as a film professional and a great lover of film, I am sure that when I say this, I am speaking for both the audience and film professionals too - we are truly excited!”.

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The two-time Academy Award winner will also hold a talk about his career “In Conversation” for the festival audience and press at the Festival’s flagship National Theatre in Sarajevo, moderated by Mike Goodridge, former journalist and CEO of London-based Protagonist Pictures who also programs the Kinescope section of the festival.

The "regular" Honorary Heart of Sarajevo will go to the British director Stephen Frears.

Previous recipients of the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Heart of Sarajevo Award include Angelina Jolie, Benicio Del Toro, Gael Garcia Bernal, Steve Buscemi and acclaimed international award-winning directors Atom Egoyan, Jafar Panahi, Mike Leigh, Béla Tarr and Danis Tanović, amongst others. The Heart of Sarajevo Award was designed by French designer and filmmaker agnès b who is also a patron of the festival.

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