inimitable Anthony Hopkins to receive Virginia Film Award
its theme of "Animal Attractions," the 13th annual Virginia
Film Festival this year will honor actor Anthony Hopkins,
whose role as the crafty cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, in "The
Silence of the Lambs" blurred the boundary between man and
festival, set for Oct. 26 through Oct. 29, will explore medaia
representations of animals as the reflections, antagonists, victims
and superiors of humankind.
award will be presented Oct. 28 to Hopkins, who has recently portrayed
two unforgettable men-turned-cannibals. In Julie Taymor's 1999
film, he played "Titus," the general with a brutal taste
for revenge in this film adaptation of Shakespeare's play. After
the film screening Sat. evening, Hopkins will join critic Roger
Ebert for a discussion of his acting career. Then Hopkins will
introduce the late-night screening of "The Silence of the
Lambs," for which he won an Academy Award in 1992, playing
opposite Jodie Foster, whose character, Clarice Starling, was
a Virginia alumna who attended the U.Va.-affiliated FBI academy.
Hopkins is working on the sequel, "Hannibal," part of
which was filmed in Richmond.
Based at U.Va., the festival designs its program to resemble a
comprehensive course on a cultural theme, according to director
Richard Herskowitz. Its many guests, including actors, directors
and scholars from U.Va. and elsewhere, participate in panel discussions
and interact with a broad audience of film enthusiasts.