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Benicio Del Toro

Robert De Niro opens the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival

Robert De Niro opened the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday, presented Martin Scorsese's restored "Taxi Driver" and received the festival's first lifetime achievement award — The Heart of Sarajevo.

De Niro starred in the 1976 film in the role of Travis Bickle, a mentally disturbed Vietnam war veteran.

Over nine days, some 100,000 expected guests will watch 223 movies from 61 countries in nearly a dozen locations in the city. At the end, winners will be announced in seven categories.

"I will treasure this award — my Heart of Sarajevo — because I don't think there is another city in the world that has shown such heart in the face...

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