Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, Oct. 28, at the 16th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design and running Oct. 26–Nov. 2. Irons joins previously announced honorees and special guests Alexander Payne, Bruce Dern, Natalie Dormer, Alec Baldwin, James Toback and Miles Teller.
Irons will participate in a Q-and-A after a special screening of Adrian Lyne’s 1997 adaptation of Vladimir Navokov’s novel, “Lolita,” in which he starred alongside Melanie Griffith and Frank Langella.
Jeremy Irons won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Claus von Bülow in “Reversal of Fortune.” He is also a Golden Globe and Emmy award-winner for “Elizabeth I,” and he took home the Tony Award for his performance in “The Real Thing.” Other career film highlights include roles in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “The Mission,” “M. Butterfly,” “Dead Ringers” and for giving voice to the evil lion Scar in Disney’s classic, “The Lion King.” Irons is known to TV audiences for his role in “Brideshead Revisited” and more recently in the TV drama series, “The Borgias.”
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Alec Baldwin and Oscar nominated writer and director James Toback will premiere and discuss their HBO documentary “Seduced and Abandoned.” Bruce Dern, star of “Nebraska” and previous Savannah Film Festival honoree, will present director Alexander Payne with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award.
Previous Discovery Award honoree Miles Teller will host a special screening of the film “The Spectacular Now” with director James Ponsoldt and screenwriter Michael Weber. Other confirmed special guests include Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney of “The Walking Dead,” Nina Dobrev and Candice Accola of “The Vampire Diaries,” Zach Gilford of “Friday Night Lights” and Keile Sanchez of “Lost.”
Premiere special screenings this year include Payne’s “Nebraska,” John Wells’ “August: Osage County,” Jon Turteltaub’s “Last Vegas,” James Toback’s “Seduced and Abandoned,” Brian Percival’s “The Book Thief,” Stephen Frears’ “Philomena,” Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman” and David Frankel’s “One Chance.”
Other special screenings taking place include: Kevin Macdonald’s “How I Live Now,” Stephen Frears’ “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” the world premiere of Brad Coley’s “East of Acadia,” Ti West’s “The Sacrament,” a special work-in-progress presentation of Christopher Ashley’s “Lucky Stiff,” and a special presentation, with RealD, of Andrew Adamson’s “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3-D.”
As in years past, one of the highlights of the festival will be the surprise Director’s Choice screening on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
In addition to the special screenings, there are 58 films in competition in the categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Professional Shorts, Student Shorts, and Animated Shorts, as well as two new shorts categories: Historical and SuperShorts! The competition films are competing for more than $80,000 in cash and prizes this year.
Hosted by SCAD, the Savannah Film Festival has become one of the largest entertainment events in the southeast. In the past eight years, SCAD has been one of the top 10 U.S. film schools in producing Student Academy Award finalists.
Tickets and passes can be purchased online at savannahboxoffice.com, via phone at 912.525.5050 or in person at the box office window, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia. Festival passes are still available for purchase.
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