Omar Sharif and Geraldine Chaplin will travel to Spain to receive honorary lifetime achievement awards at the upcoming Las Palmas International Film Festival and the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga, respectively.
Las Palmas, which celebrates its 5th annual edition March 12-20, will bestow its Lady Harimaguada prize to the Egyptian-born actor at its opening ceremony. The veteran Sharif has earned kudos recently for his role as an Arab deli owner who befriends a young Jewish boy in Francois Dupeyron's Monsieur Ibrahim And The Flowers Of The Koran (Monsieur Ibrahim Et Les Fleurs Du Coran).
The daughter of Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill and a regular in Spanish cinema - including recent titles Bridge Of San Luis Rey, Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) and The City Without Limits (En La Ciudad Sin Limites) - Chaplin will receive the Malaga Award at this year's 7th annual Spanish Film Festival (April 23-May 1).
Both festivals host parallel industry events: Malaga organizes a three-day market screenings for international buyers as well as a separate documentary market, while Las Palmas launched a three-day European co-production forum at its 2003 edition.