MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Robert De Niro will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 48th San Sebastian Film Festival.

Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who won best actor award in the Venice Film Festival for his highly acclaimed performance as a homosexual Cuban writer in ``Before Night Falls,'' will present De Niro with the award Sept. 29.

De Niro ``is a name and a face emblematic of the most risky cinema produced in the United States in the last 25 year,'' read the festival's statement. ``He is capable of physically transforming himself, his voice and his appearance. He is a ductile actor who adapts himself equally to drama, comedy and black cinema.''

The San Sebastian film festival will begin Thursday with 10 days of screenings.