GENEVA • US actor Adrien Brody will receive the prestigious Leopard Club Award when the Locarno Film Festival kicks off in Switzerland next month, organisers said.
The 44-year-old, best known for his haunting role in the 2002 Oscar-winning Holocaust film The Pianist, will get the award on Aug 4.
It is given to actors "whose work has left a mark on the collective imagination".
Previous recipients included Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow and Andy Garcia.
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"Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski, festival organisers said.
The actor, who bagged an Oscar for that role, was the youngest winner at age 29.
He has since "demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by film-makers in Hollywood and beyond", the organisers noted.
Brody started his film career in 1989 in the Francis Ford Coppola- directed segment of New York Stories.
He has since worked with many of the world's top directors, including Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone, Ken Loach, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson and Woody Allen.
His new movie, a thriller called Unchained that also stars John Malkovich and Antonio Banderas, is in post-production.