Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival

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Charlotte Rampling

The British star won Berlin's best actress Silver Bear for her performance in Andrew Haigh's '45 Years.'

British actress Charlotte Rampling will be honored with a lifetime achievement Golden Bear at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. 

Rampling, a Berlin regular, won the festival's Silver Bear prize for best actress in 2015 for her performance in Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, a role that earned her an Oscar nomination and her second European Film Award for best actress (the first came for Francois Ozon's Swimming Pool in 2003).

In Rampling's honor, the 69th Berlin International Film Festival will screen a selection of the actress' best-known films, including Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969), Ozon's Swimming Pool and Under the Sand (2000), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) and The Verdict (1982) from director Sidney Lumet.

“I’m very happy that this year’s Homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling”, said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. "She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema."

In addition to appearing several times with films at the Berlinale, Rampling also was president of the festival's international jury in 2006. 

A feature on the European acting scene since her debut in Silvio Narizzano's Georgy Girl (1966), Rampling has been a regular in U.S. films since her first Hollywood feature, playing the female lead alongside Robert Mitchum in Dick Richards’ Farewell, My Lovely (1975). More recently, she has appeared in several television series, including recurring roles on Showtime's Dexter and British crime series Broadchurch.

It has been a busy year for Rampling, who starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow, as well as in Lenny Abrahamson's The Little Stranger and in Michel Blanc’s Kill & Tell. She is currently in production on Paul Verhoeven’s film Benedetta, scheduled for release in 2019.