Charlie Kaufman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
The critically-acclaimed writer of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation and writer-director of Anomalisia and I’m Thinking of Ending Things will be given the Heart of Sarajevo honour at the upcoming festival. By: Yan Yun
Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar-winning writer-director known for his works like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as well as his writing and directorial input on Anomalisia and I’m Thinking of Ending Things, will receive the lifetime achievement honour of the 2023 Sarajevo Film Festival, the Heart of Sarajevo Award.
To celebrate Kaufman’s contributions to cinema, the festival will also screen Spike Jonze’s 2003 dramedy Adaptation, for which Jonze wrote the Oscar-nominated Cinema. This will mark Kaufman’s second appearance at the Serbian festival. Previously, he was a guest at the 14th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2008, where he showcased his directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York.
“We are thrilled that, after 15 years, we are welcoming back to the Sarajevo Film Festival one of the most significant, world-renowned screenwriters and directors, and honour him for his work and dedication to the art of filmmaking,” said Sarajevo festival director Jovan Marjanović. “Charlie Kaufman is an extraordinary filmmaker whose films, though filled with biting humour, compel us to contemplate existential depths of the human experience.”
The 29th Sarajevo Film Festival will take place this August from 11 to 18.