The 55th annual San Sebastian Film Festival played tribute to Richard Gere on Sunday, September 23 as the actor finally received the 2007 Donostia Award on a ceremony held at Kursaal Palace in San Sebastian, Spain.
Arrived at the occasion alongside his wife, former model and actress Carey Lowell, the "American Gigolo" star was presented the honor by Spanish-Italian actress Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, known to U.S. audience for her performance in Keanu Reeves starrer "A Walk in the Clouds."
"I'm very honoured to be considered in the same stratosphere as the actors who I admired when I was a child," so Gere told a news conference after collecting the prize, adding "I still have some more years left to do movies and this is encouragement for me to work in the future."
Donostia Award has been handed out every year since 1986 with past recipients including Al Pacino, Anjelica Huston, Michael Caine, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon. Besides Gere, Norwegian actress Liv Ullman has also been named to be the award recipient and is slated to receive the trophy on Friday, September 28.