The Maine International Film Festival is thrilled to announce actor Michael Murphy as our MIFF 2015 Mid-Life Achievement Award honoree.
MIFF will present Murphy with his award on Thursday, July 16 at the Waterville Opera House after the U.S. premiere of Fall, his most recent film, in which he gives a magnificent lead performance as a troubled priest, for which he was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor.
“When you look at Michael Murphy’s filmography, you have to be amazed,” says MIFF Programming Director Ken Eisen, adding, “Always a disarming presence in films, even when playing, as he sometimes does, essentially scurrilous characters, Murphy has the ability to make us comfortably feel as though we know and like this guy.”
Murphy has been featured in movies by directors from Tim Burton (Batman Returns) to Oliver Stone (Salvador), from Woody Allen (Manhattan, which will screen at this year’s festival) to Elia Kazan (The Arrangement), from Robert Aldrich (The Legend of Lylah Clare) to P.T. Anderson (Magnolia), from Peter Weir (The Year of Living Dangerously) to John Sayles (Silver City).
Murphy also had a long association with director Robert Altman, appearing in films such as Nashville, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Kansas City and M.A.S.H., which will screen at MIFF 2015, as well as TV series, including Combat, Tanner ’88, and Tanner on Tanner.
As part of the retrospective of Murphy’s work, MIFF will also show Away from Her, in which he plays a virtually speechless stroke victim who becomes a most unlikely romantic lead, and The Front, in which Murphy stars opposite Woody Allen as a successful television writer blacklisted for his leftist political views.
“We are thrilled to honor Michael Murphy with the 2015 Mid-Life Achievement Award,” says Festival Director Shannon Haines. “Not only is he an incredible actor with over a hundred film and television credits to his name, but he is also a genuine, funny, and warm guy with lots of experiences and stories to share with our audience.” Murphy will introduce and discuss his work at the Mid-Life Achievement Award Ceremony and screening of Fall, as well as the screenings of Away from Her, Manhattan and The Front.
Each year MIFF honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the art of cinema. Past winners include: Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, Cookie’s Fortune), Keith Carradine (Nashville, Thieves Like Us, McCabe and Mrs. Miller), Thelma Schoonmaker (GoodFellas, Raging Bull, The Departed), Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol, Mystic Pizza), Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde), Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Badlands), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), John Turturro (Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski) , Ed Harris (Empire Falls, Pollack), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom), Jos Stelling (Duska), Walter Hill (The Warriors), and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude).