Berlin Film Festival to Pay Tribute to David Bowie and Alan Rickman

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David Bowie

The festival will also pay tribute to the work of Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola by showing his 1983 film 'La Bal.'

The Berlin International Film Festival will play posthumous tribute to pop music legend David Bowie, acclaimed British actor Alan Rickman and Italian director Ettore Scola with a series of screenings at this year's event.

To commemorate Bowie, who lived in Berlin in the late 1970s, the festival will screen Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth on Feb. 12 at Berlin's Friedrichstadt Palast. Bowie played the title role in the 1976 classic as an landed alien puzzled by the ways of earthlings.

“David Bowie was a tremendous musician, an avant-garde artist who expressed his creativity in many disciplines,” said Berlin Festival director Dieter Kosslick.

Rickman, who Kosslick said had an “artistry in playing ambivalent characters,” will be honored with a screening of Sense and Sensibility, Ang Lee's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic. Rickman played the enigmatic Colonel Brandon in the production, which won Berlin's Golden Bear for best film in 1996.

The Sense and Sensibility screening will be at Berlin's Kino International theatre on Feb. 16.

In tribute to the work of Ettore Scola, one of Italy’s greatest filmmakers, the festival will screen his 1983 feature La Bal at the CinemaxX 6 theatre on Feb.18.

“Ettore Scola was a master of Italian comedy, a social critic who observed everyday life with intelligence, wit and political acumen,” Kosslick said in a statement.

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 11-21.


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