The 49th Chicago International Film Festival announced today that Bruce Dern(Golden Globe nominee for 1974's "The Great Gatsby") would be honored with a Career Achievement Award during this October's celebration of film. Dern won the Best Actor prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his work in "Nebraska." The film, directed by Alexander Payne("Election", "Sideways"), will be the Centerpiece of this year's Festival, which kicks off October 10.
Dern, a native Chicagoan, was trained by Elia Kazan at The Actor's Studio before making his film debut in Kazan's "Wild River" in 1960. He also crossed over into television, working with Alfred Hitchcock on both the little screen and the big screen. He starred alongside such legendary actors as John Wayne and Jack Nicholson, and worked with famed directors such as Roger Corman, Hal Ashby, Walter Hill, and Francis Ford Coppola. Dern's career will be celebrated during the gala presentation of the Festival Centerpiece.
Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director and Founder Michael Kutza commented on the announcement.
"[Bruce] Dern delivers, without a doubt, a knockout performance in Payne's heartwarming and charming new film. We are proud to honor this fellow Chicagoan with one of the Festival's top awards."
When it comes to the Chicago International Film Festival, Alexander Payne has had a busy two years. His last film "The Descendants" saw its Chicago premiere at the 47th edition of the Festival in 2011. "Nebraska" takes him back to his home state, telling the story of a man(Dern) thinking he has hit the jackpot when he receives a sweepstakes letter in the mail. A road trip to retrieve the fortune sets the stage for the film, which is shot in black and white and written by Bob Nelson.
The Centerpiece screening will take place October 16 at 7pm. All screenings for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival(which runs October 10-24) will be held at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago. Tickets for the "Nebraska" presentation are not yet on sale. Passes for general admission films are currently on sale at the Festival website.