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The honor, named after the famous Polish director, is awarded in “recognition of what’s best and most valuable in the acting profession.” Rickman brings to Camerimage his latest work as a director, A Little Chaos.
Set in the 18th century at the court of French king Louis XIV, the film, a universal story of women’s struggle in patriarchal societies, stars Kate Winslet as landscape architect Sabine de Barra. Following a festival screening, Rickman will meet the audience for a Q&A session.
“Rickman’s acting talent, range and versatility are unquestionable and all of his achievements speak louder than a thousand words,” Camerimage organizers said in a statement. “He is an artist fully aware of his responsibilities, appreciative of the art of film and theater.”
Rickman, born in West London in 1946, has been sweeping audiences — and directors and cinematographers — off their feet since he first starred as Tybalt in the BBC’s production of Romeo and Juliet in 1978.
His sarcastic and sardonic black coat-clad German villain Hans Gruber in John McTiernan’s Die Hard a decade later opposite lead Bruce Willis got him wider attention.
More recently, Rickman has won over younger audiences in his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, most recently three years ago in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
He also provided the robotic voice of Marvin, the paranoid android, in Garth Jenning’s 2005 adaptation of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Rickman’s breadth and depth ranks him alongside other stars — such as Gary Oldman, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Viggo Mortensen, John Malkovichand Liam Neeson— celebrated over the years by Camerimage, a festival primarily devoted to celebrating the art of cinematography.
Camerimage takes place Nov. 15-22 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It will open with Birdman and The Imitation Game.
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