- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ROME (AP) - Richard Gere will collect an honorary acting award at the Rome Film Festival opening next month.

Festival organizers on Wednesday cited the Hollywood actor’s work with such great directors as Robert Altman, Akira Kurosawa and Sidney Lumet, as well as his humanitarian work.

During the festival, the actor of “American Gigolo” and “Pretty Woman” will hold a meeting with movie buffs to discuss his decades-long career. The festival will also screen a restored version of “Days of Heaven,” a movie directed by Terrence Malick in 1978 that starred a young Gere.

The Rome event, a recent addition to the international festival circuit, runs from Oct. 27 through Nov. 4.

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