Actor and filmmaker Tim Robbins (“Dead Man Walking,” “Mystic River”), producer and distributor Ben Barenholtz (“Eraserhead,” “Blood Simple,” “Requiem for a Dream”), and German exhibitor Marlies Kirchner will each receive the 2016 Berlinale Camera, awarded since 1986 to film personalities or institutions to which the festival feels a particular debt of gratitude.
In addition, this year’s Berlinale will pay tribute to late film icons David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Italian director Ettore Scola (“A Special Day”) with three special screenings: for Bowie, “The Man Who Fell to Earth”; for Rickman, “Sense and Sensibility,” which won the Golden Bear in 1996; and for Scola, “Le bal,” winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director in 1984.
The festival has also completed this year’s jury, to be presided over by Meryl Streep. Joining her are fellow actors Lars Eidinger (“Clouds of Sils Maria”), Alba Rohrwacher (“The Wonders”), and Clive Owen (“The Knick”); Polish filmmaker Małgorzata Szumowska (“Body,” which won the 2015 Silver Bear for Best Director); French photographer Brigitte Lacombe; and Sight & Sound editor Nick James.
The 66th Berlin International Film Festival runs February 11-21.