German Actor Udo Kier to Get Munich Film Festival Honor

Udo Kier
Udo Kier
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Veteran German actor Udo Kier -- who has in his career played everything from a vampire to Hitler to a monster baby -- will be honored by the Munich International Film Festival.

The festival will present its award "for an extraordinary personality in international cinema" to Kier at a ceremony on June 30.

The 32nd Munich Film Festival runs June 27 to July 5.

In his astoundingly productive career, Kier has played more than 200 film and TV roles over some 40 years. He has moved between art-house films, European auteur directors and Hollywood blockbusters.
 
Among other things, he has played a vampire king in Blade, Satan's servant in the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle End of Days and a role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective alongside Jim Carrey.
 
But Kier is perhaps best known for his art-house roles, including the creepy German john who picks up rent boys Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix in Gus van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991) or his many supporting roles in films from Lars von Trier. Kier is something of a muse for the controversial Danish director, having appeared in nine of his movies, most recently in sex epic Nymphomaniac.
 
From the start, Kier also has had a place in the art world. He starred in Andy Warhol's Frankenstein and was a frequent collaborator of late German artist and director Christoph Schlingensief.
 
In Kier's honor, the Munich Festival will screen a retrospective of five of his films as well as the world premiere of Arteholic, a documentary from director Hermann Vaske, who followed Kier, an art collector and enthusiast, on a journey through Europe's finest museums.
 
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