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Santa Fe film festival honors Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands poses for a portrait at the London West Hollywood hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Gena Rowlands poses for a portrait at the London West Hollywood hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will honor Gena Rowlands at this year’s festival.

The legendary actress will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 17.

The ceremony will be followed by a screening of the 1974 film “A Woman Under the Influence.” She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 1975 for the role.

The film will also be shown on 35 mm.

“Gena Rowland embodies the spirit of independent film,” says Jacques Paisner, executive director and co-founder of the festival. “Her roles changed what was possible for a female character in a film.”

Rowlands is a four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner and twice nominated for an Academy Award.

She is best-known for her collaborations with the late John Cassavetes and most recently for her roles in “The Notebook” and “Broken English.”

In January, Rowlands was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

“A Woman Under the Influence” focuses on a woman whose unusual behavior leads her husband to commit her for psychiatric treatment and the effect this has on their family.

This uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil details the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family’s struggle to save her from herself.

In 1990, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” one of the first 50 films to be so honored.

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