Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus to receive Honorary Golden Bear at Berlinale 2016

Lifetime achievement award for the cinematographer of Goodfellas, Sheer Madness and Working Girl.

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) will be awarding Micheal Ballhaus with an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement award. The celebrated German cinematographer will also be the subject of this year’s Homage at the Berlinale, which will screen 10 of his most revered works.

The ten films screening in the Homage strand include:

Martha (West Germany 1974, R. W. Fassbinder)
The Color of Money (US 1986, Martin Scorsese)
Working Girl (US 1988, Mike Nichols)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (US 1989, Steve Kloves)
Goodfellas (US 1990, Martin Scorsese)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (US 1992, Francis Ford Coppola)
The Age of Innocence (US 1993, Martin Scorsese)
Quiz Show (US 1994, Robert Redford)
Gangs of New York (US/Italy 2002, Martin Scorsese)
3096 Tage (3096 Days, Germany 2013, Sherry Hormann)

Ballhaus was president of the Berlinale’s International Jury in 1990 and was awarded the Berlinale Camera for his unique contribution to film in 2006.

Ballhaus is best known for his collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, a collaboration that started with After Hours in 1985. The two would go on to collaborate several more times together, and work on such films as The Color of Money (1986), Gangs of New York (2002) and of course, Goodfellas (1990).

Although he worked in the US for over 25 years, and worked with such greats as Mike Nichols, Irwin Winkler, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Redford, Ballhaus established his reputation in Germany where he worked with such influential filmmakers as Rainer Werner Fassbender and Margarethe Von Trotte.

The award will be bestowed on Feb 18, accompanied by a screening of Gangs Of New York, which was shown out of competition at the 2003 Berlinale. The previous evening, there will be an in conversation event titled Michael Ballhaus Meets Jim Rakete.

“We are honouring Michael Ballhaus as a director of photography who was a kindred talent to directors and whose oeuvre is unique,” said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.

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    Matt Micucci
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