CHICAGO, June 28 (Xinhua) -- The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) granted the Career Achievement Award to Academy award-winner actor Kevin Kline at its 50th anniversary gala on Saturday.
With this award, Kline joins the rank of the most influential talents through the decades at CIFF, including directors Orson Welles, George Cukor, Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg, and actors Michael Douglas, Tom Cruise, Sally Field, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.
"Kevin Kline's ability to transfix movie-goers was evident from his earliest appearances in such celebrated films as 'Sophie's Choice' and 'The Big Chill,'" said festival founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza.
"Kevin Kline is one of the most versatile performers of his generation and truly deserving Chicago International Film Festival's Career Achievement Award," said Kutza.
Kline has earned accolades, awards and critical acclaim for his career in film and theater.
Learning that many people in China know about him and his films, Kline is very glad. "Tell them there is more coming," he said in an interview with Xinhua.
Kline said his wife is a quarter Chinese and still has family members in Shanghai. "We are going to get there someday," he said.
Kline's other film credits include "Life as a House," "The Ice Storm," "As You Like It," and "Last Vegas," among others.
His performance in "A Fish Called Wanda" earned him the Academy Award in 1988.
This year marks CIFF's 50th anniversary, one of the longest running film festivals in the United States.
Kutza said CIFF plans to bring many directors back this year. "There will be Chinese films and Chinese filmmakers at the Festival as well," he added.
Kutza said CIFF is in discussion with Beijing Film Academy to bring some of the films at the Festival to China in the near future.
"It's still in the planning stage," Kutza said. "I'm excited about it. I can't wait to go back to China."