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The Berlin Film Festival will honor acclaimed Italian costume designer Milena Canonero with its Golden Bear for lifetime achievement.
The 71-year-old Canonero has received nine Oscar nominations and has won the Academy Award four times: for Barry Lyndon in 1976, Chariots of Fire in 1982, Marie Antoinette in 2006 and, most recently, The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015. The Grand Budapest Hotel was the opening-night film of the 2014 Berlin Festival.
Canonero has worked with directing royalty, including Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Louis Malle and Roman Polanski, and her on-screen creations have inspired such fashion icons as Alexander McQueen and Ralph Lauren.
“Milena Canonero is an extraordinary costume designer. With her designs she has contributed decisively to the style of many cinematic masterpieces,” said Berlin festival director Dieter Kosslick. “With this year’s homage, we would like to honor a great artist as well as direct attention to another film profession.”
If there is a single director with whom Canonero is most closely associated, it is Kubrick. She designed the costumes for three of his most iconic films: A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon and The Shining. She has also worked on three films with Wes Anderson, designing costumes for The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited and Grand Budapest Hotel.
Other highlights from her long career include the costumes for Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, Sydney Pollack’s Out of Africa and Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy. For the latter, she was inspired by the original comic strips to use just the three primary colors, plus five mixed colors, to design all the film’s costumes and accessories.
In tribute to Cononero’s work, the Berlin festival will screen an homage of 10 films, including all four of her Oscar winners.
Canonero will receive her Golden Bear honor at a ceremony in Berlin on Feb.16, followed by a screening of The Shining.
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