The Stockholm International Film Festival Dedicates its 19th Edition to Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack spent over four decades developing himself into a multi-facetted master within film. Not only was he a talented actor but one of the most accomplished directors and producers of his time. On November 23 the Stockholm Film Festival will will pay tribute to Sydney Pollack with a special screening of his 1969 film “They Shoot Horses Don´t They?”
Born in 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, Sydney Pollack moved to New York at the age of 17 to pursue a career in acting. He studied and taught drama, as well as performed as an actor. After directing a large number of television shows, Pollack made his directorial feature debut in 1965 with “The Slender Thread”. During a long career as a film director, working virtually until his death, multiple Academy Award-winner Pollack brought out the best in stars such as Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Over a span of four decades, he established himself as a master of intelligent and well-crafted drama within the Hollywood paradigm, as well as a skilled actor with an amazingly broad spectrum. He died of cancer on May 26th, 2008.
Previous dedications at the festival have included amongst others Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Billy Wilder and Ingmar Bergman.