Veteran actor Richard Jenkins will be honoured at the 35th Ghent International Film Festival with their Special Achievement Award.

It will be presented after the Benelux premiere of The Visitor in Ghent, Belgium on Oct 7. Jenkins, along with co-stars Haaz Sleiman and Danai Gurira will attend the screening.

In Overture's The Visitor, Jenkins stars as sixty-two-year-old Walter Vale, a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City with a young couple that has taken up residence in his apartment, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman), a Syrian man, and Zainab (Danai Gurira), his Senegalese girlfriend.

Directed by Tom McCarthy, the film premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and most recently won the Grand Prix at the 34th Deauville Festival of American Film.

Jenkins has appeared in over 50 feature films including this year's Burn After Reading by the Coen Brothers'. Other notable film credits include North Country, The Man Who Wasn't There, Sea Of Love, Little Nikita, and Fun With Dick & Jane .

The Ghent International Film Festival is attended by over 150,000 visitors, screening over 200 feature films, shorts, and documentaries from around the world, both in and out of competition.