In its twelfth edition, the Seville European Film Festival (SEFF) will grant its special award to the career of Timothy Spall, one of the most distinguished British actors working today. The winner of the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Festival and at the European Film Awards last year for his leading role in Mr. Turner, he will be in the Seville capital to accept the City of Seville Award at the festival’s opening gala, which will take place on 6th November in the Lope de Vega Theatre.
Since he made his debut in 1979 as part of the cast of Quadrophenia, Spall’s extensive career has led him to work with such directors as Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd), Clint Eastwood (White Hunter, Black Heart), Bernardo Bertolucci (The Sheltering Sky) and Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet), and to play unforgettable roles where he has proven his enormous versatility, such as Winston Churchill in The King’s Speech or Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter saga.
But if there is one director under whose baton Spall’s career has flourished, that is Mike Leigh. For that reason, the SEFF has programmed some of his films which show the fruitful relationship developed over the course of three decades: Life Is Sweet (1990), nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards; All or Nothing (2002), nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes; and the above mentioned Mr. Turner (2014), with four nominations for the Oscar and the awards for Best Director and Best Author at the Seville Festival.