John Malkovich, Otar Iosseliani to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Munich Film Festival

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COLOGNE, Germany - Oscar-nominated actor John Malkovich and acclaimed Georgian filmmaker Otar Iosseliani will receive lifetime achievement honors, the CineMerit Awards, at this year's Munich International Film Festival.

"John Malkovich is in a class of his own. His unpredicatble presence makes every one (of his films) worth seeing," said Munich Festival Director Andreas Strohl. "Otar Iosseliani has spent his life defending artistic expression and self-determination in cinema. He is the unsurpassed master of the melancholic comedy. We are very proud to to be able to honor both of them in Munich for their extraordiary achivements."

Malkovich, whose films include Dangerous Liasons, In The Line of Fire and the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon, will receive his CineMerit award on June 27 in Munich from German star Veronica Ferres. In his honor, the festival will screen five Malkovich films: Brian Cook's Colour Me Kubrick, The Ogre from German director Volker Schlondorff, Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich, the period drama Klimt from director Raoul Ruiz as well as Malkovich's directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs

Otar Iosseliani will be honored on July 1 and will receive his CineMerit award from fellow Georgian filmmaker Dito TsintsadzeThe festival will screen several of Iosseliani's films including Chantrapas, Favorites of the Moon, and Chasing Butterflies. The 2011 Munich Film Festival runs June 24 - July 2.

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