Director Penn gets lifetime nod at Berlin fest


COLOGNE, Germany -- 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.

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

The retrospective, which is being organized by Berlin's Deutsche Kinemathek -- Museum for Film and Television, also will include Penn's first feature, 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.

The 84-year-old Penn will receive his Golden Bear at a gala ceremony in Berlin on Feb. 15. The festival runs Feb. 8-18.