Tinseltown veteran Susan Sarandon dressed to impress in Morocco as she accepted a movie tribute wearing flowing gold robes. The Thelma And Louise actress' diverse and enduring film career was recognised by the jury of the Marrakech Film Festival, which celebrates cinema from around the world.
The glamorous star took inspiration from traditional Arab dress in her choice of outfit, and turned heads as she arrived at the ceremony in a dazzling gold and red embroidered ensemble. Accepting her award, Susan said she was honoured by the tribute, underlining that such festivals encourage a spirit of openness and understanding.
For Susan, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, the festival comes at a busy moment in her career. The politically outspoken actress, who turned 60 in October this year, has just announced she has signed up to star opposite Charlize Theron and Tommy Lee Jones in In The Valley Of Elah, the story of a young American soldier returning home from the war in Iraq. The tireless actress has an impressive seven films in progress and due out in 2007. "It's still not easy to find roles that offer more complex images of women. I do a lot of smaller parts that I find interesting - as opposed to the big, splashy movies that you get paid more money for," she says.