Benicio del Toro will receive a Donostia career achievement award at this month's San Sebastian Film Festival, the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-language world.

The actor will attend the fest to present his latest film, Andrea di Stefano's "Escobar: Paradise Lost," which will close the Pearls section.

Born in Puerto Rico, the actor grew up in Pennsylvania, and has spent most of his acting career in Hollywood. He has won plaudits for taking on complex roles, and for humanizing anti-heroes such as the cop Javier Rodriguez in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic."

This performance as a Tijuana-based policeman who navigates hazardous legal and moral reefs led him to win the Oscar for best supporting actor and a Golden Globe in 2001.

Del Toro also snagged an Oscar nomination in 2004, portraying a reformed alcoholic who struggles to change course in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "21 Grams."

He re-teamed with Soderbergh to star in 2008's Spanish-language Che Guevara biopic "Che," which earned him the actor award at the Cannes Film Festival.

As the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Del Toro gives a "fascinating performance," according to Variety's chief film critic Scott Foundas.

"Appearing bearded, heavy and disheveled, keeping his voice in the low, menacing register of someone who doesn't have to speak loudly to be heard, Del Toro plays the part as a kind of gun-toting Lear -- in life and in art, a man who cannot so easily be relegated to the sidelines," Foundas wrote.

Pic is being sold in international territories by Pathe Intl., and is distributed Stateside by Radius/TWC. It will also be presented in San Sebastian by Di Stefano, American thesp Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games"), and Spanish actor Carlos Bardem.

Del Toro's most recent projects include Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," which plays at the New York Film Festival later this month, and Spanish helmer Fernando Leon de Aranoa's drama-thriller "A Perfect Day," which is in post-production.

The festival, which runs Sept. 19-27, will also honor Denzel Washington with a Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award, as previously announced.

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