The Berlin Film Festival will pay homage to David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Italian director Ettore Scola by presenting special screenings in their honour.
To commemorate Bowie, who passed away recently after battling cancer, the fest will show Nicolas Roeg’s “The Man Who Fell to Earth” on February 12, reported Variety.
“David Bowie was a tremendous musician, an avant-garde artist who expressed his creativity in many disciplines,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.
Bowie’s ties to Berlin go back to the time he spent in the city from 1976 to 1978.
At the festival, he appeared in the documentaries “Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart”, “Scott Walker 30 Century Man” and “Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under”, as well as the fiction films “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and “Mr Rice’s Secret”.
To honour Rickman, the Berlinale will show Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility”, winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1996. The screening will take place on February 16.
Rickman was a guest of the Berlinale several times with the competition entries “Sense and Sensibility” and “Snow Cake”, as well as with “Close My Eyes” in the Panorama section.
To commemorate Scola, the festival will show his film “Le bal” on February 18. He was in Berlin competition with “Le bal” in 1984, and won the Silver Bear for director. He returned with the competition entry “Captain Fracassa’s Journey” in 1991.