Viola Davis will get a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Rome Film Festival (October 17-27).
The Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning American actress will go to the celebration to get her prize and take part in a ‘‘Close Encounter’ in front of an audience discussion, in which she will talk about her work crosswise over film, theater and TV.
“Viola Davis is an extraordinary actress, who has transformed sincerity and dignity into sublime thespian art. It is a great honour for me, and for the Rome Film Fest, to celebrate her formidable talent and deep humanity,” said Antonio Monda, Rome’s artistic director.
Rome will pass out two lifetime accomplishment awards this year, with Bill Murray recently reported as the beneficiary of the other; Wes Anderson will be on-hand to introduce Murray’s honor.
The celebration additionally reported it will close with the world debut of Tornare, from movie producer Cristina Comencini, whose 2005 show Don’t Tell was Oscar nominated. The film follows a forty-year-old woman who returns from America after a lengthy absence when her father dies. It was produced by Lumière & Co. with Rai Cinema, and will be distributed in Italy by Vision Distribution.