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Sean Penn to be honoured with Golden Icon Award at ZFF

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Published: Friday, August 19, 2011, 16:40 [IST]

Actor Sean Penn will be honoured with the Golden Icon Award at the Zurich Film Festival to be held from September 22 to October 2. The award is the highest honur at festival, which is given in recognition of the actor"s lifetime achievement. ZFF directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht announced his name for the award on Thursday.

Talking about Sean Penn, Karl Spoerri said, “Sean Penn is a man whose remarkable film career is matched only by his extraordinary and ongoing humanitarian pursuits that have helped improve so many lives. On screen, and off, Sean has a legendary presence and is revered around the world."

The ZFF director praised the Hollywood actor to Sky high. Spoerri added, “He is one of the finest actors of our generation and defines the term icon. We are both honored and excited to have him attend the Zurich Film Festival and accept the Golden Icon Award."

However, the ZFF will present a retrospective of Sean Penn"s work and also screen his latest directorial effort Into the Wild at the awards ceremony on September 28. The actor has two Oscar awards for his performances in Mystic River and Milk. He is currently appearing on screen in Terrence Malick"s The Tree of Life and will also be seen in the upcoming This Must Be the Place.

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