It might be winter in Berlin but preparations for the 61st Berlin International Film Festivals are already heating up. The Festival has announced that German actor and artist Armin Mueller-Stahl will receive an Honorary Golden Bear at the 2011 edition of the Festival.
Mueller-Stahl is one of Germany’s most celebrated actors, working with visionary directors such as Costa-Gavras, Andrzej Wajda, Jim Jarmusch, and Steven Soderbergh throughout his 50-year career. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996 for his performance in Scott Hicks’s “Shine.” A previous award winner at the Festival, Mueller-Stahl is the recipient of the 1992 Silver Bear for his performance in George Sluizer’s “Utz.” In 1997 he was awarded the Berlinale Camera.
“Today [December 17] Armin Mueller-Stahl is celebrating his 80th birthday. We wish him the very best and are delighted we’ll be awarding this extraordinary artist the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement in February,” commented Festival Director Dieter Kosslick on the event.
In other Festival news, Berlinale Generation is set to move locations. The new venue will be the House of Word Cultures, which will host the premiere of about sixty short and feature films. Twelve features have already been confirmed to debut at the new facility.
Section director Maryanne Redpath looks forward to the change, “With each film our excitement about the House of World Cultures is mounting. We want to invite Berlinale visitors to a change of location, in a spectacular cinema, and to the greatly diverse settings in our films.”
Although a complete line-up of films will not be named until early January, Berlinale Generation has already announced a partial slate:
“A Pas de Loup (On The Sly),” by Olivier Ringer, Belgium/France 2011
“Jutro będzie lepiej (Tomorrow will be better),” by Dorota Kędzierzawska, Poland/Japan 2010
“Keeper`n til Liverpool (The Liverpool Goalie) by Arild Andresen, Norway 2010
“Mabul (The Flood) by Guy Nattiv, Israel/Canada/Germany/France 2010
“Sampaguita, National Flower,” by Francis Xavier E. Pasion, Philippines 2010
“Une vie de chat (A Cat In Paris),” by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, France/Belgium/Netherlands/Switzerland 2010
“Den der hvisker (Rebounce),” by Heidi Marie Faisst, Denmark 2011
“Griff The Invisible,” by Leon Ford, Australia 2010
“Shanzha shu zhi lian (Under The Hawthorn Tree),” by Zhang Yimou, People’s Republic of China 2010
“Skyskraber (Skyscraper),” by Rune Schjøtt, Denmark 2010
“The Dynamiter,” by Matthew Gordon, USA 2011
“West Is West,” by Andy De Emmony, UK 2010