Special Teddy for Warhol star Dallesandro

Berlinale gay/lesbian award to be given Feb. 13

COLOGNE, Germany -- Joe Dallesandro, the actor immortalized by Andy Warhol in films such as "Flesh," "Trash" and "Heat" and by Lou Reed in his classic song "Walk on the Wild Side," will be honored with a special Teddy Award at next month's Berlin International Film Festival.

A Berlin institution, the Teddy Awards honor achievement in gay and lesbian cinema. Last year, Tilda Swinton received a special Teddy for her work with late British director Derek Jarman.

Dallesandro will receive his golden Teddy at a Feb. 13 ceremony.

Two films featuring the actor also will screen at this year's Berlinale: "Little Joe," Nicole Haeusser's new documentary on Dallesandro, and Catherine Breillat's "Tapage Nocture," which won Berlin's Panorama Audience Award in 1979.