The 21st Sarajevo Film Festival’s lifetime achievement equivalent will be awarded to Benicio Del Toro, who will present Fernando León de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day.” In this drama, which bowed at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the Oscar winner plays a disenchanted aid worker in an armed conflict zone alongside Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko and Melanie Thierry.
Accompanying the Honorary Heart prize, Del Toro will hold a master class at the festival for participants in its training program Talents Sarajevo, which offers a networking hub for emerging film professionals in the region.
Del Toro, who is in talks for a villain role in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” will be seen this Fall in another Cannes drama, Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” opposite Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, which is slated for a September 18th, 2015 release by Lionsgate in the U.S.
The Honorary Heart of Sarajevo last year went to Gael Garcia Bernal, and French film producer and fashion designer Agnes B. The fest runs August 14th through the 22nd.