Robert De Niro to get key award at Sarajevo Film Festival

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Posted: Aug 08, 2016 9:06 AM
Robert De Niro to get key award at Sarajevo Film Festival

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Organizers say Robert De Niro will present Martin Scorsese's restored "Taxi Driver" at the opening night of the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival and receive the festival's first lifetime achievement award.

Festival organizers said Monday that De Niro, who has won the Golden Globe, two Oscars and was nominated for another five Oscars, will receive the first honorary Heart of Sarajevo lifetime achievement award for his extraordinary contribution to the art of film.

The festival, which opens Friday, will offer viewers 223 movies from 61 countries over nine days.

The Balkan region's most important film festival draws more than 100,000 people each year and has come a long way from its humble beginnings in a city roamed by snipers and blasted by mortar shells during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.