The Telluride Film Festival is nearing another successful weekend. The Colorado-based celebration of all things film has premiered multiple exciting films at this year's festival in addition to presenting a special tribute to Robert Redford.
The Los Angeles Times reported on August 30 that the 77-year-old legendary actor and director was the recipient of the Silver Medallion, the Telluride Film Festival's special career achievement honor. Redford was making his first visit to the festival which also celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Redford studied art as a young man and went on to become an Oscar winner and founded the Sundance Film Festival which takes in Park City, Utah every year.
Past winners of the Silver Medallion include Clint Eastwood, Colin Firth, Francis Ford Coppola, and Marion Cotillard. Redford said he was truly honored to receive the special award, but slightly embarrassed having to watch a series of clips from some of his most famous films. Ralph Fiennes, who worked with Redford on "Quiz Show," presented the Silver Medallion. Redford told those in attendance that
Having this tribute for me as an actor takes me back to my roots, because that's what I started as. It's really been my life."
Redford also revealed during a special Q&A that the most fun he ever had while making a film was during "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Out of Africa" was one of his most demanding films.
In addition to receiving the Silver Medallion, Redford was also at the Telluride Film Festival for the North American premiere of his new film "All Is Lost" which tells the tale of a man lost at sea and only has one word of dialog. The film has been generating Oscar buzz since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.