By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire November 23, 2010 at 3:56AM
Sean Penn has been chosen as the Western honoree for the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The Academy Award-winning actor will be presented with the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival's opening ceremony on December 12.
During his visit to the seventh edition of DIFF, Penn will also participate in a public 'In Conversation with Sean Penn' Q&A session. His film "Into the Wild," and Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown" will also screen as part of a tribute to the actor.
Festival Chairman Abdulhamid Juma commented on the the festival's decision in a statement, "Sean Penn is without a doubt one of the finest talents of our generation, an outstanding and versatile actor, gifted director and accomplished producer, and it is our privilege to add the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award to his extensive list of accolades. His tireless work on behalf of the people of the world from Haiti to the United States to Iraq and Iran, and his use of the celebrity spotlight to assist humanity, is an example to us all. We look forward to welcoming this culture-bridging icon to Dubai."
Penn joins leading African director Souleymane Cisse and Egyptian-Lebanese actress Sabah as the Lifetime Achievement recipients for 2010. Previous honorees include Egyptian director Daoud Abdul Sayed, India’s Amitabh Bachchan and Oliver Stone.