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Actor Giancarlo Esposito to receive LCIFF award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment'


On April 13, 2023 the Las Cruces International Film Festival will honor multiple award winning actor Giancarlo Esposito with the “Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment” award.

Esposito will be on hand to accept the award in Las Cruces. Past recipients of the LCIFF award include William H Macy, Danny Trejo, Brendan Fraser, George Lopez, Cybill Shepherd, Richard Dreyfuss and Edward James Olmos.

Screening a film of his at the Allen Theatres Cineport at 7 p.m. he will host the following question-and-answer session with the audience. Esposito will also be speaking at New Mexico State University about his long and esteemed career. 

“Giancarlo Esposito is an iconic New Mexico actor known for his historic roles in ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul,’ said Las Cruces International Film Festival founder and Executive Director Ross Marks. “His outstanding and diverse body of work has brought so much recognition to our great state. It is a thrill the Las Cruces International Film Festival can honor him in person. He is the consummate character actor whose values and work ethic reflect Las Cruces. We are beyond ecstatic to have him as the face of the 2023 film festival.”

Esposito was born in Copenhagen, to an Italian carpenter and stagehand father from Naples, Italy, and an African American opera singer mother from Alabama. He is well known by television audiences for his iconic portrayal of drug kingpin Gustavo “Gus” Fring in “Breaking Bad” for which he won the 2012 Critics’ Choice Award and earned a 2012 Emmy nomination. Esposito can be seen reprising his role of ‘Gus Fring’ on “Better Call Saul,” which has earned him 2019 and 2020 Emmy Award nominations.

Esposito will next be seen leading the cast of Netflix’s heist drama series “Kaleidoscope.” The series premieres on Jan. 1.

Esposito began his career working in theater, making his Broadway debut in the 1968 musical “Maggie Flynn,” starring opposite Shirley Jones. He also starred in the original cast of the Stephen Sondheim-Harold Prince production “Merrily We Roll Along.”

The eighth Las Cruces International Film Festival takes place April 12-16 and will be live and in-person at the Allen Theatres Cineport. Tickets are available at www.lascrucesfilmfest.com.