10/18/2018.- North American actor Matt Dillon will receive the Honorary Spike at the 63rd Valladolid International Film Festival in recognition of his lengthy career, with performances in prominent films including The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Drugstore Cowboy, To Die For, Beautiful Girls, There’s Something About Mary and Crash. Throughout a period of almost four decades, Matt Dillon has moved from teen idol to sought-after independent film actor, demonstrating his vast talent and versatility as an actor in thrillers, dramas and comedies.
Among others, he has worked with directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Anthony Minghella, Cameron Crowe, Ted Demme, Frank Oz, John MacNaughton, Paul Haggis, M. Night Shyamalan and Lars Von Trier, as well as writing and starring in City of Ghosts in 2002, the only film he has directed until now.
Matt Dillon will visit Valladolid on Saturday 20th October to participate in the Opening Gala and receive the Festivals’ Honorary Spike.
Seminci has programmed several films starring the North American actor. Dillon’s first appearance at the festival was at the 39th Seminci with Target (1994), which he starred in alongside Gene Hackman, as part of a cycle dedicated to director Arthur Penn. Two years later, at the 41st Seminci, the Official Section included Grace of My Heart (1996) by Allison Anders, in which Dillon played a tormented musician. In 2006, Dillon narrated Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story Of the New York Cosmos (2006) by Paul Crowder and John Dower, a documentary which closed the 51st edition. The actor will appear on screen at Seminci once again with Head Full of Honey, in which he stars alongside Nick Nolte, with the world premiere of the film to be held at the closing ceremony of the 63rd edition of Seminci.
Discovered at his school by a talent scout while he was still a teenager, Matt Dillon (New Rochelle, New York, 1964) became one of the most popular teen actors in the United States in the 1980s when Francis Ford Coppola recruited him for his films The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983), a cinematographic adaptation of the popular novels by Susan Eloise Hinton.
Dillon had begun his career several years earlier. He started out in cinema at the age of 15 in the film Over The Edge (1979) directed by Jonathan Kaplan, followed by Little Darlings (1980) by Ronald F. Maxwell. That same year, Dillon co-starred in My Bodyguard (1980) by Tony Bill, and two years later in Tex, an adaptation of the popular novel by S.E. Hinton directed by Tim Hunter, a performance which was commended by numerous critics.
With Coppola, Dillon starred in another two cinematographic adaptations of the work of S.E. Hinton. In The Outsiders, he starred alongside Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estévez and C. Thomas Howell. In Rumble Fish, Dillon played Rusty James, a young thug. The films were highly popular, and Dillon became one of the most significant actors of his generation.
Dillon changed register with the comedy The Flamingo Kid (1984) by Gerry Marshall, and went on to play more adult characters in the following years, paving the way for his role as a drug addict in Drugstore Cowboy by Gus Van Sant in 1989. From that time on, Matt Dillon opted for highly nuanced roles, such as the ambitious and calculating murderer in A Kiss Before Dying (1991) by James Dearden, and Singles, the second film by Cameron Crowe and one of the big hits of 1990s US independent cinema.
During that decade, Dillon proved his versatility with films such as The Saint of Fort Washington (1993) by Tim Hunter; Mr. Wonderful (1994) by Anthony Minghella; Golden Gate (1994) by John Madden, To Die For (1995), his re-encounter with Gus Van Sant, and the musical drama Grace of My Heart (1996) by Allison Anders, screened in the Official Section of the 41st Seminci. Matt Dillon also appeared in the well-known Beautiful Girls (1996) by Ted Demme, and popular comedies In & Out (1997) by Frank Oz and There’s Something About Mary (1998) by Bobby & Peter Farrelly, as well as the erotic thriller Wild Things (1998) by John MacNaughton.
In 2002, he released one of his most personal projects: the detective thriller City of Ghosts, which he wrote, directed and starred in alongside James Caan, Natasha McElhone and Gerard Depardieu. In 2004, Dillon played a bitter, intolerant police officer in Crash by Paul Haggis. The film, which explores various intertwining stories set in Los Angeles, won the Oscar for Best Film and led to Dillon’s first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. In the end, he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for his complex performance as the prejudiced police officer.
After Crash, Dillon alternated films such as Factotum (2006) by Bent Hamer, in which he plays the fictitious alter ego of writer Charles Bukowski, with family comedies such as Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) by Angela Robinson; You, Me and Dupree (2006) by Anthony & Joe Russo, and Old Dogs (2009) by Walt Becker; dramas such as Nothing But the Truth (2008) by Rod Lurie, and thrillers such as Takers (2010) by John Luessenhop.
In 2015, Dillon played a Secret Service agent searching for two colleagues who have mysteriously disappeared in a small city in Idaho in the acclaimed series Wayward Pines, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. His most recent performances will soon be released in cinemas: the Lars von Trier film The House That Jack Built (2018), and Head Full of Honey (2018) by Til Schweiger, whose world premiere will be held at the closing gala of the 63rd Seminci.
The former, in which he plays a serial killer, received excellent reviews at the latest Cannes Film Festival. In recent weeks, Dillon has travelled Europe with Lars von Trier to promote the film. In Head Full of Honey, which will close the 63rd edition of Seminci, Dillon plays the son of an Alzheimer’s patient, played by Nick Nolte, who has just been widowed after 50 years of marriage and decides to go on a final road trip to Venice with his granddaughter.