Film Festival To Give Prize To Tim Roth
By Edward Guthmann
Tim Roth, a British film actor who specializes in psychopaths, hit men and cold-blooded villains, will receive this year's Piper-Heidsieck Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Festival spokesperson Susan Norget announced the Piper-Heidsieck prize yesterday, after a two-week delay.
Typically, the Piper-Heidsieck winner is announced in March, at the same time the festival unveils its full schedule and publishes its catalog of events.
According to Norget, "Tim Roth's wife is about to have a baby. So he was stalling until he knew exactly what was happening. Finally he decided to just go ahead and take the plunge."
Norget said that other possible recipients had been considered, "but we didn't actively pursue them."
Roth, who appears in Pulp Fiction and Rob Roy, will be honored at 6 p.m. April 30 with an onstage interview, a selection of film clips and a screening of his newest film, Little Odessa. Directed by 25-year-old novice film maker James Gray, it stars Roth as a Russian emigre hit man, and Vanessa Redgrave and Maximillian Schell as his estranged parents.
The Piper-Heidsieck Award, which originated in 1991, is given each year to an actor or actress who demonstrates "independence, courage, risk taking and avoidance of the conventional." Past recipients have included Anjelica Huston, Geena Davis, Danny Glover and Gerard Depardieu.
Roth, 34, made his screen debut, playing an angry skinhead, in Alan Clarke's Made in Britain. He was Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's Vincent and Theo and appeared in Stephen Frears' The Hit, in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and in Quentin Tarantino's first film, Reservoir Dogs, as an undercover cop who slowly bleeds to death.