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Berlinale To Honor Two Departed European Film Giants

Written by: FFT Webmaster | February 13th, 2012

With the recent and unexpected passing of the German film director Theo Angelopoulos and the German actor/director Vadim Glowna, the Berlin International Film Festival has hurriedly added two special screenings to this year’s already busy program. Both personalities had a long association with the Berlinale. Angelopoulos had been a guest of the Festival many times since his emergence on the European art film scene in the 1970s, most recently with the presentation in 2009 of his film THE DUST OF TIME in the Official Competition section. To honor him, the Festival will screen TRILOGY: THE WEEPING MEADOW on February 16, with Greek author Petros Markaris, who worked with Angelopoulus on many of the scripts for his films, and Phoebe Economopoulos, the director’s widow and producer of many of his films, expected to attend.


Actor and director Vadim Glowna was a prominent figure of post-war New German Cinema.  Starting in the 1960s, he emerged as a character actor in more than 160 film and television productions, and performed on stage for many noted directors. He won the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981 for his directorial debut, DESPERADO CITY. Glowna was a guest of the Festival many times over the years and served as a member of its International Jury in 1989. In his memory, the Berlinale will present DESPERADO CITY on February 11.

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