The Homage of the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to the international star of French cinema Anouk Aimée. At the invitation of Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, Anouk Aimée will be a guest of honour at the Berlinale and receive a Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement on February 13, 2003
Anouk Aimée made her film debut at the age of 13. She went on to work with many celebrated directors of European and International cinema. She has performed in films by Federico Fellini, Jacques Demy, Marco Bellocchio, Claude Lelouch, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sidney Lumet, George Cukor, Vittorio de Sica, Robert Altman amongst others. Her co-stars have included such outstanding performers as Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Omar Sharif, Gérard Philippe, Michel Piccoli, Yves Montand, Dirk Bogarde and Charles Aznavour. To date, Anouk Aimée's filmography covers almost 70 films.
"Anouk Aimée is one of the great European stars to whom we owe so many unforgettable moments on the screen. With a distinctive combination of melancholy and passion, she has demonstrated her splendid acting skills in countless films", Dieter Kosslick stated on announcement of the tribute.
The Berlinale Homage will present a selection of ten of her films. They will focus primarily on the 70s, when Anouk Aimée became a screen icon. She will be awarded her Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement at the screening of Lola on February 13 at the Berlinale-Palast.
Her breakthrough as an actress came with Les amants de Vérone (1949), Modigliani (1958), La Dolce Vita (1960), Lola (1961) and Eight and a Half (1963). She achieved fame in Claude Lelouch's love serenade A Man and a Woman (1966), which was awarded an Oscar and a Palme d'Or and for which Aimée received a Golden Globe, a British Award of Best actress and an Oscar nomination. She received the Best actress award at the Festival of Cannes for Salto nel Vuoto (1980). Hollywood had discovered this European talent and she performed in Sidney Lumet's psychodrama The Appointment (1968) and George Cukor's Justine (1969).
For many years romantic roles and the portrayal of melancholy, enigmatic women were her trademark. Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960), André Delvaux's One Night...A Train (1968), Jacques Demy's US production The Model Shop (1968) and George Cukor's Justine (1969) also present Anouk Aimée as a taciturn, vulnerable beauty. Yet she demonstrated her versatility as an actress in films like Fellini's Eight and a Half (1963), Elie Chouraqui's Mon premier amour (1978), Marco Bellocchio's Leap into the Void (1979), Bernardo Bertolucci's La Tragedia di un uomo ridicolo (1981), Claude Lelouch's Viva la vie (1984), Skolimovski's Success is the Best Revenge, Claude Lelouch's Un homme et une femme: 20 ans déjà (1987), Prêt-à-Porter (1994) by Robert Altman, Alexandre Arcady's Dis-moi oui (1994) with Jean-Hugues Anglade and Luciano Tovoli's Le général de l'armée morte (1983) together with Michel Piccoli and Marcello Mastroianni.
In the year 1999 Anouk Aimèe acted in Une pour toutes under the direction of Claude Lelouch and in 2002 in Marceline Loriden-Iven's La petite prairie aux bouleaux. In addition to the large number of films, from 1995 to 1997 she played on stage in Love Letters by A. R. Gurney with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Bruno Cremer. This year France honoured its star with a César for her life's work.
The Homage to Anouk Aimée is being conceived and organized by the Filmmuseum Berlin - Deutsche Kinemathek.
December 17, 2002