Ellen Burstyn to Get Munich Film Festival Lifetime Honor

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Ellen Burstyn

The Oscar-winning actress will present episodes of 'House of Cards,' in which she co-stars, as well as Todd Solondz' 'Weiner-Dog.'

The Munich Film Festival will this year honor Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn with its CineMerit Award for lifetime achievement.

In Burstyn's honor, the festival will screen a homage of her life's work, including Todd Solondz's upcoming feature Weiner-Dog, in which Burstyn co-stars alongside Greta Gerwig, Zosia Mamet and Danny DeVito; and episodes of Netflix's House of Cards, in which Burstyn plays Elizabeth Hale, the mother of Robin Wright's character Claire Underwood.

The tribute will also include some of Burstyn's best-known work, such as her roles in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream and The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin.

“From TV comedies to theater adaptations to the masterpieces of New Hollywood, Ellen Burstyn's work is never predictable but always masterful,” said Munich festival director Diana Iljine.

Burstyn has received 6 Oscar nominations, winning the best actress prize in 1975 for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. She won a Golden Globe for best actress for Same Time, Next Year in 1978 and has two acting Emmys to her name. Burstyn is the co-director of New York's legendary Actors Studio and actively supporting up-and-coming talent.

Burstyn will attend the Munich Festival on June 27 to receive her CineMerit Award. She will also take part in a public discussion with journalists and film fans on June 28.

The 2016 Munich Film Festival runs June 23-July 2. The full festival program will be announced by June 6.