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Each year the Ferrara Film Festival assigns, since the 2020 edition, Golden Dragon Career Achievement Awards to prestigious figures in the movie industry. The awards of the Ferrara Film Festival are called Golden Dragons because they recall the legend and the mythological figure of the dragon killed by St. George (the Patron Saint of the City of Ferrara).

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2023 Career Achievement Award.

Giancarlo Giannini is, to date, the most well-known and prestigious Italian actor in the world.

Over the course of his career, he won the Prix d'interprétation masculine at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973 for Love and Anarchy and received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 1977 for his performance in Pasqualino Settebellezze, both films directed by Lina Wertmüller. He has also won six David di Donatello Awards, six Nastri d'argento Awards, and five Golden Globes. Additionally, he is recognized for his portrayal of René Mathis in the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, as well as co-starring roles in blockbusters such as Man On FireA Walk In The Clouds, and Hannibal.

On March 6, 2023, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Furthermore, on September 16, 2023, he was awarded the Golden Dragon for Lifetime Achievement at the Ferrara Film Festival.

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2022 Career Achievement Award in Acting.

Danny Glover (born July 22, 1946) is among the most popular American actors of the last decades. He is widely known for his lead role as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series. He also had leading roles in his films included The Color PurpleTo Sleep with AngerPredator 2Angels in the Outfield, and Operation Dumbo Drop. Glover has prominent supporting roles in SilveradoWitnessA Rage in HarlemDreamgirlsShooterDeath at a FuneralBeyond the LightsSawSorry to Bother YouThe Last Black Man in San FranciscoThe Dead Don't DieLonesome Dove and Jumanji: The Next Level. He is also an active supporter of various political causes.

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2022 Career Achievement Award in Directing.

Jim Sheridan (born 6 February 1949) is among the most famous Irish playwright and filmmaker, nominated 6 times at the Academy Awards. Between 1989 and 1993, Sheridan directed two critically acclaimed films set in Ireland, My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father, both with Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis and later directed the films The Boxer and In America.

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2021 Career Achievement Award in Directing.

Mike Newell is one of the most successful film director and producer in the World. His first broadly critically acclaimed film was "Enchanted April" (1991) that won two Golden Globes, including best leading actress (Miranda Richardson). He won the BAFTA for best director for "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), which also won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and subsequently directed some of the most popular films in movie history, such as "Donnie Brasco" (1997), "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003), "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) and "Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time" (2010). 

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2020 Career Achievement Award in Acting.

Nastassja Kinski is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than 60 films in Europe and the United States. Her worldwide breakthrough was with "Stay as You Are" (1978). She then came to global prominence with her Golden Globe Award-winning performance as the title character in the Roman Polanski-directed film "Tess" (1979). Other notable films in which she acted include the erotic horror film "Cat People" (1982), the Wim Wenders dramas "Paris, Texas" (1984) and "Faraway, So Close!" (1993), and the biographical drama film "An American Rhapsody" (2001).

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2020 Career Achievement Award in Directing.

Bille August is a Danish director, screenwriter, and cinematographer of film and television. In a career spanning over four decades, he has been the recipient of numerous accolades, making him one of the most acclaimed contemporary Danish filmmakers. August's 1987 film "Pelle the Conqueror" won the Palme d'Or, Academy Award and Golden Globe Award. He is one of only eight directors to win the Palme d'Or twice, winning the award again in 1992 for "The Best Intentions", based on the autobiographical script by Ingmar Bergman. His filmography includes "The House of the Spirits", "Smilla's Sense of Snow", "Les Misérables", "Night Train to Lisbon", "Silent Heart", "The Chinese Widow" and "A Fortunate Man".

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2020 Italian Career Achievement Award.

Alessandro Haber is among the most popular Italian actors. He's also a film director and singer. His first leading role was in Pupi Avati's "Regalo di Natale". He is also a distinguished theatre actor, having performed amongst others in "Orgia" by Pier Paolo Pasolini, "Woyzeck" by Georg Büchner, "L'avaro" by Molière, "Zio Vania" by Anton Chekhov, "Dialogo" by Natalia Ginzburg and "Arlecchino" by Carlo Goldoni.Over five decades he acted in more than 100 movies working with the best italian directors. He has won three Nastro d'Argento, one David di Donatello, one Premio Gassman, one Premio IDI and one Theatre Critics' Award.

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