It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Rachel Weisz - United States
The Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award
Actress - Producer
Rachel Weisz is the recipient of The Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award 2017 for her extraordinary performance in the film Denial portraying Deborah E. Lipstadt and the challenges she faced in bringing David Irwin to trial. Denial, based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, is the 'perfect combination' and epitomizes the concept of the TheWIFTS Foundation’s Passion & Integrity, and its celebration of 'singular women as individuals' in different professions bringing their lives and work together through the art form of film & television the 21st century visual communicator.
Rachel Weisz is an outstandingly talented actress, who throughout her career has chosen the roles she has played with care. With 56 credits to her name from the Constant Gardener (2005), playing Tessa Quayle the activist for social justice murdered in Kenya starring alongside Ralph Fiennes and Danny Huston, directed by Fernando Meirelles, for which she won an Oscar; to The Light Between Oceans (2016) starring Michael Fassbender, and Alicia Vikander, directed by Derek Cianfrance, playing Hannah Roennfeldt, the mother of a child lost at sea and raised by a couple in the community.
Whatever role Rachel Weisz plays on the screen she excels in bringing an ‘astounding command’ to the character on the screen, displaying a visual feast of her talent.
In a 2016 Harper’s Bazaar interview  Rachel Weisz explained why women need to be more fairly represented in the industry and why she wants to make films where they're ‘doing the desiring.’ “Women are quite radical," she said. “What I see is a lack of women with appetite.”
2017 saw Rachel Weisz starring in My Cousin Rachel, with Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, adapted and directed for the screen by Roger Michell, in which Weisz plays “ a mean and manipulative widow [who] exploits her feline sexuality” in which a young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Delving into producing films that interest her in 2003 she produced and starred in The Shape of Things with Paul Rudd and Gretchen Mol, directed by Neil LaBute from his play and screenplay. In 2014 she executive produced Radiator, and Disobedience in 2017 was the third film as a producer.
In Disobedience she stars alongside Rachel McAdams and Anton Lesser from the Naomi Alderman Novel, directed and adapted for the screen by Sebastian Lelio. A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after the death of her rabbi father and stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in an old childhood friend. The film prmeiered a the Toronto Film Festival 2017, and will be released in the USA by Bleecker Street.
The Hollywood Reporter review describes Disobedience as “a transfixing consideration of love, faith, sexuality and personal freedom within the insular confines of a London Orthodox Jewish community. Beautifully acted by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola as the three points of a melancholy romantic triangle, this is a deeply felt drama that exerts a powerful grip.”
Actress Rachel Weisz was born on March 7, 1970, in London, England. Her father's family fled Hungary to England to escape Nazi persecution. In college, she founded a student drama group and appeared in several plays in the West End. Her stage work includes the role of the mentally unstable Catherine in Tennessee Williams Suddenly Last Summer and Evelyn in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things.
TheWIFTS Foundation Screening Committee selects films based on a number of criteria. Each year TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards has a theme. In 2017, it was truth, social issues and how society is affected. Denial is a powerful film. In the years to come, the youth of the day will receive their information from the visual medium – films such as Denial are a legacy that is essential in the social ecosystem - the film made from a book by passionate historian Deborah E. Lipstadt - preserved on celluloid - with a passionate and insightful performance by Rachel Weisz.
*  Source The Sun United Kingdom *  Source TheGuardian United Kingdom