May 27, 2011 / 10:33 PM / 8 years ago

Lifetime achievement honor for John Malkovich at Munich

Actor John Malkovich performs on stage during a dress rehearsal for the stage play "The Giacomo Variations" at Ronacher theatre in Vienna January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

COLOGNE, Germany (Hollywood Reporter) - Oscar-nominated actor John Malkovich and acclaimed Georgian filmmaker Otar Iosseliani will receive lifetime achievement honors, the CineMerit Awards, at this year’s Munich International Film Festival.

“John Malkovich is in a class of his own. His unpredictable

presence makes every one (of his films) worth seeing,” said Munich Festival Director Andreas Strohl. “Otar Iosseliani has spent his life defending artistic expression and self-determination in cinema. He is the unsurpassed master of the melancholic comedy. We are very proud to to be able to honor both of them in Munich for their extraordinary achievements.”

Malkovich, whose films include “Dangerous Liaisons,” “In The Line of Fire” and the upcoming “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” will receive his CineMerit award on June 27 in Munich from German star Veronica Ferres. In his honor, the festival will screen five Malkovich films: Brian Cook’s “Color Me Kubrick,” “The Ogre” from German director Volker Schlondorff, Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich,” the period drama “Klimt”

from director Raoul Ruiz as well as Malkovich’s directorial debut, “The Dancer Upstairs.”

Otar Iosseliani will be honored on July 1 and will receive his CineMerit award from fellow Georgian filmmaker Dito Tsintsadze. The festival will screen several of Iosseliani’s films including “Chantrapas,” “Favorites of the Moon,” and “Chasing Butterflies.”

The 2011 Munich Film Festival runs June 24 - July 2.

Editing by Chris Michaud

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