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Gabriel Byrne to receive prestigious award

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Gabriel Byrne will be honoured with the Mid-Life Achievement Award today at Maine’s International Film Festival.

The awards show that takes place in Waterville is in its 19th year and previous winners of the award include Glen Close and Malcolm McDowell.

“I never thought I’d end up in America, making films; so for me, it’s a lovely honour to receive,” the actor said about winning the award.

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The Walkinstown native admitted that he thinks film festivals like MIFF are important for the community aspect within it.

“For me, small film festivals and films festivals that have intregrity are important because they bring people together and they provoke ideas and they’re struggling, usually,” the Dubliner admitted to CentralMaine.com.

“He makes it seem so effortless, and I think that’s true of a lot of the great actors in history,” the program direction for the festival and found of Railroad Square Cinema, Ken Eisen, revealed to the publication.

The 66-year-old will also have one of his best known films shown at the festival, The Usual Suspects which won many awards when it was released.