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Berlin – Jury president James Schamus kicked off the Berlin Film Festival at the jury press conference by saying that the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman would be memorialized at the fest: “A lot of his friends will be joining together to remember him.”
Immediately after the conference, it was announced that a screening of Capote had been added to fest’s schedule for Feb. 11 at 9.00 p.m. at the CinemaxX 6.
Bennett Miller’s film led to both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Hoffman, who played Truman Capote during the writing of Capote’s non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Capote had screened in competition at Berlinale in 2006.
Hoffman, who died on Feb. 2 in New York, had several other films play at the Berlin festival over the years, including Richard Kwietniowski’s Owning Mahowny (Panorama 2003) and Spike Lee’s 25th Hour (Competition 2003). Two films starring Hoffman also screened at the 2002 Berlinale: Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, which won the Golden Bear award.
As THR previously reported, there will also be a special screening for actor and director Maximilian Schell, who died on Feb. 1. Meine Schwester Maria (My Sister Maria) will be shown at the Urania Filmbuhne Berlin on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.
Schell won an Oscar for his performance as Hans Rolfe in Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg in 1962. His documentary Marlene was screened in the competition in 1984, and he returned to the competition as an actor in Jeroen Krabbe’s Left Luggage in 1998.
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