Berlin fest to honor Penn

Golden Bear, retrospective in Feb.

Arthur Penn, director of such New Hollywood classics as "Bonnie and Clyde," "Alice's Restaurant" and "Little Big Man," will receive a Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival.

Berlin also will honor Penn with a 10-film retrospective during the festival, which runs Feb. 8-18.

"Arthur Penn's films of the 1960s and early 1970s reanimated the crises-ridden American cinema," Berlin festival director Dieter Kosslick said. "He is a great director who deeply influenced the American cinema d'auteur."

The retrospective, being organized by Berlin's Deutsche Kinemathek — Museum for Film and Television, also will include Penn's first feature, the 1958 Paul Newman starrer "The Left-Handed Gun," and the neo-noir 1975 picture "Night Moves" featuring Gene Hackman.

"The fascination of Arthur Penn's films is the way they find new expressions — in terms of subject matter and form — and often within genre constraints," said Rainer Rother, artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek.

Penn will receive his Golden Bear at a gala ceremony Feb. 15 in Berlin.