Maine International Film Festival: Glenn Close to receive Mid-Life Achievement, ‘Boyhood’ to open festival

Glenn Close Headshot

The Maine International Film Festival recently announced that it will present actress-writer-director Glenn Close with its annual Mid-Life Achievement Award on Sunday, July 13, after a screening of Close’s film “Albert Nobbs.”

Throughout her career, Close has earned three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, and six Academy Award nominations for performances including “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” and “Albert Nobbs,” which she also co-wrote and produced.

MIFF will also screen “Low Down” starring Close, which received praise in its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by renowned cinematographer Jeff Preiss, is a biopic of jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes), and also stars Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. Close also tries her hand in the world of comic books with James Gunn’s adaptation of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which hits theaters Aug. 1. She will also return to Broadway this fall in “A Delicate Balance,” Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The cast includes John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Martha Plimpton, Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins.

In receiving MIFF’s Mid-Life Achievement Award, Close joins the ranks of such cinematic contributors as Keith Carradine (“Nashville,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), editor Thelma Schoonmaker (“GoodFellas,” “Raging Bull,” “The Departed”), Lili Taylor (“I Shot Andy Warhol, Mystic Pizza”), Arthur Penn (“Bonnie and Clyde”), filmmaker Terrence Malick (“The Thin Red Line,” “Badlands”), Malcolm McDowell (“If ….” “O Lucky Man!,” “A Clockwork Orange”), John Turturro (“Miller’s Crossing,” “The Big Lebowski”), Ed Harris (“Empire Falls,” “Pollack,” “The Rock”), Peter Fonda (“Easy Rider”), Sissy Spacek (“In the Bedroom”), Dutch filmmaker Jos Stelling (“Duska”), writer-director-producer Walter Hill (“The Warriors”), and Bud Cort (“Harold and Maude”).

The 17th annual Maine International Film Festival will take place in Waterville from July 11-20 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. The festival offers audiences an opportunity to talk with some of the people behind the films, including directors, producers, writers and actors.

The full MIFF schedule will be available at later this month. Passes start at $85 and are available through the site.

In related news:

The Maine International Film Festival announced today that it will screen Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated “Boyhood” as the opening night film. Needless to say, this blogger is psyched.

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