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Gabriel Byrne as Dr. Paul Weston in''In Treatment''
Gabriel Byrne as Dr. Paul Weston in ”In Treatment” via HBO

Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) will honor Director/Screenwriter Robert Benton, with a Lifetime Achievement Award and actor Gabriel Byrne with its annual Mid-Life Achievement Award.

The Maine International Film Festival will present Robert Benton, Oscar-Winning Director/Screenwriter, with a Lifetime Achievement Award on July 10 at the Waterville Opera House. Benton, best known for films includingKramer vs. Kramer (1979), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Nobody’s Fool (1994), is a three-time Academy Award winning director and screenwriter who has directed eight different actors in Oscar-nominated performances.

Robert Benton, Jodie Foster, Jonathan Demme
(left to right) Robert Benton, Jodie Foster, Jonathan Demme (photo by Godlis) via FilmLinc

Benton has collaborated closely with Maine-based Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Writing for his screenplay based on Nobody’s Fool. The two also co-wrote the 1998 film Twilight, starring Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, and Gene Hackman, and Russo went on to dedicate his Pulitzer-winning novel Empire Falls to Benton in 2002.

The Maine International Film Festival will present its Mid-Life Achievement Award to actor Gabriel Byrne at a special ceremony held at the Waterville Opera House on the evening of July 15.

Byrne has appeared in over 35 feature films, including Excalibur, Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, and Stigmata. Byrne co-wrote The Last of the High Kings and has also produced several films, including the Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father. One of Byrne’s most identifiable roles is that of Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama In Treatment, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Satellite Awards.

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