Willem Dafoe Receives Medal from the UNAM Film ArchiveBy: Gustavo R. Gallardo (@unamerde )
As part of our fourteenth edition, the director of the Film Library at UNAM, Guadalupe Ferrer, presented the medal with which the institution recognizes the best films. This time to the Guest of Honor, actor Willem Dafoe, “for being a source of memorable emotions in this deep sleep that is cinema”.
It took place before the screening of the film The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), by Martin Scorsese, where the president of the FICM, Alejandro Ramirez, and the director, Daniela Michel, were present.
In addition to Dafoe, the medal has been granted to filmmaker Terry Gilliam and, more recently, the actress Juliette Binoche, also at FICM.
Guadalupe Ferrer delivered the medal to Willem Dafoe:
“We’ve found in the FICM a splendid place to give international talent recognition by the Film Archive of UNAM. This medal is made with silver recovered from movies. Who knows how many stories you’re taking with it!”
Willem Dafoe after receiving the award:
“It is an honor for me to receive recognition like this, which encourages me to go ahead in what I do. On the other hand, I am very happy that The Last Temptation of Christ is still alive in Mexico. This film is one of the most special experiences I’ve had as an actor, so if you didn’t like before, enjoy it today.”