Munich fest to honor Mikkelsen, Kiarostami

Both to receive lifetime achievement CineMerit awards

COLOGNE, Germany -- Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen ("Clash of the Titans") and Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will be honored with lifetime achievement CineMerit awards at this year's Munich Film Festival, which runs June 25 – July 3.

In honor of Kiarostami, Munich will screen a retrospective of six of his films, including the German premiere of his latest, the Cannes Competition entry "Certified Copy" starring Juliette Binoche. Two of Mikkelsen's recent works will screen in Munich's program this year: Viking drama "Valhalla Rising" from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn and the German sci-fi feature "The Door" from director Anno Saul.

The Danish actor, who played the baddie in James Bond feature "Casino Royale," will be spending a lot of time in Germany in the coming months. He plays Rochefort in Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers," which begins shooting in Studio Babelsberg in August. Mikkelsen follows up with a starring role, alongside Noomi Rapace, in Barthelemy Grossmann's "The Nazi Officer's Wife," which begins principle photography this fall, shooting in Germany and Austria.

Alvaro Pastor's Sundance and San Sebastian title "Yo, Tambien" ("Me Too") will open the 28th Munich Film Festival June 25.
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