Veteran director and screenwriter Paul Schrader will receive the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Kanbar Award for storytelling. He will be honored alongside fellow SFIFF awardees Richard Gere and Guillermo del Toro on Film Society Awards Night, which goes down Monday, April 27 at The Armony on Mission Street.
Schrader’s long and storied career began with writing Sidney Pollack’s 1974 “The Yakuza” before Martin Scorsese’s Palme d’Or winner “Taxi Driver.” As a director his films have included “American Gigolo,” “Affliction,” “Auto Focus, “Light of Day” and more recently “The Canyons,” written by Bret Easton Ellis and starring Lindsay Lohan, and “The Dying of the Light,” which the director washed his hands of after losing final cut.
Paul Schrader will also be honored at An Evening with Paul Schrader at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Tuesday April 28, 6:30 pm. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from his notable screenwriting and directing career will be followed by a screening of his epic portrait of the Japanese author “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” (1985).
Previous Kanbar recipients incude Stephen Gaghan (2014), Eric Roth (2013), David Webb Peoples (2012), Frank Pierson (2011), James Schamus (2010), James Toback (2009), Robert Towne (2008), Peter Morgan (2007), Jean-Claude Carrière (2006) and Paul Haggis (2005).