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Shirley MacLaine to accept Lifetime Achievement Award at SFIFF

Staff | SantaFe.com - September 23, 2014

 Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer in "Elsa and Fred"

Shirley MacLaine will accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in October.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival celebrates its sixth year with five days of more than 100 films, educational panels, Master's discussions and parties in downtown Santa Fe, October 15-19, 2014. Actress Shirley MacLaine will receive SFIFF's Lifetime Achievement Award and introduce her newest film "Elsa & Fred" at the Lensic Performing Arts Center Sat. Oct. 18 at 6:30 pm.

Shirley MacLaine, a veteran in American film, television and theater has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress four times, the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1983 and has since been honored with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998 and the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012 – the most honorable praise given in the film industry.

SFIFF's Awards Ceremony will be followed by Shirley MacLaine's newest film "Elsa & Fred."  Co-starring Christopher Plummer and George Segal, "Elsa & Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of the scene in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" at the Fontana di Trevi. After losing his wife, Fred feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment – where he ends up meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left is precious and that he should enjoy it. Fred surrenders to Elsa's bold, beautiful madness and learns how to live again. After learning about Elsa's terminal illness, he decides to take her to Rome and reenact the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.

For more information on the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and how to buy tickets, see here.