Stars turnout at Berlin Film Festival

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14 February 2005 , BERLIN - Cloaked in new-fallen snow, the 55th Berlin Film Festival on Monday took on a festive air as Catherine Deneuve, Christopher Lee and a stellar host of stars converged for ceremonies culminating in a Golden Bear Lifetime Achievement award for famed Spanish actor Fernando Fernán Gómez. Deneuve and Lee were joined by Bob Hoskins, Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Bob Geldof and other stars for the annual Cinema for Peace charity banquet at the German capital's impressi

14 February 2005

BERLIN - Cloaked in new-fallen snow, the 55th Berlin Film Festival on Monday took on a festive air as Catherine Deneuve, Christopher Lee and a stellar host of stars converged for ceremonies culminating in a Golden Bear Lifetime Achievement award for famed Spanish actor Fernando Fernán Gómez.

Deneuve and Lee were joined by Bob Hoskins, Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Bob Geldof and other stars for the annual Cinema for Peace charity banquet at the German capital's impressive 19th Century Konzerthaus at Gendarmen Platz.

Lee and Deneuve, in particular, have made the Cinema for Peace benefit a tradition in Berlin. Each year, the "Lord of the Rings" star officiates at the benefit auction of celebrity apparel. This year the proceeds go to UNICEF to alleviate the suffering of child victims of the Asian tsunami.

"I am exceedingly proud to be a part of this magnificent work," the British horror film legend told an afternoon news conference. "It is truly heart-warming to see the outpouring of generosity to help those who need help the most, mankind's children - who are our very future."

The climax of Monday's gala events was the awarding of the honorary Golden Bear on one of the Spanish cinema's finest and most beloved performers.

Crowds gathered at the Filmpalast cinema on Marlene Dietrich Platz in the heart of Berlin to honour Fernán Gómez for his long career playing characters with whom audiences could always identify.

Following the award ceremony, Patricia Ferreira's "Para Que No Me Olvides" (Something To Remember Me By) was set for a screening in his honour.

The film fittingly stars Fernán Gómez in a story about different generations, about grief and memories, as well as the difficulty of understanding one another.

Fernán Gómez was born in Peru in 1921 and spent his formative years in Argentina. He moved with his family to Spain in 1924.

As actor, director and screenwriter, Fernán Gómez has ranked among the most important personalities of Spanish cinema since the 1940s. He has performed in 200 films, directed 30 as well as written the screenplays for almost 30.

Among the most famous of his films as an actor, are Fernando Trueba's "Belle Epoque" (1993), which was featured at the Berlin Film Festival in 1993 and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994.

In addition, he stood out in Pedro Almodovar's "Todo Sobre Mi Madre". Notable pervormances were also seen in Juan Estelrich's El "Anacoreta" (1977) and Jaime de Armiñán's "Stico" (1985). For his performance in each of these films he won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

In his impressive career, Fernán Gómez has received numerous other awards and prizes for his acting, and for his achievements as director and screenwriter.

Fernán Gómez has also made a name for himself as a playwright. For his piece "Las Bicicletas Son Para El Verano" he received the Lope de Vega prize in 1978.

In 2000 he was the first filmmaker ever to become a member of the distinguished Academia de la Lengua. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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