Steven Spielberg will be honored at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival with a tribute and the honorary Lifetime Golden Bear.
Spielberg’s latest film, “The Fablemans,” his semi-autobiographical look at growing up as a movie-obsessed teen in Arizona and Northern California, will also screen at the festival, which runs February 16-26, 2023. Universal Pictures Germany will release the film in German cinemas in March.
“With an incredible career, Steven Spielberg has not only enchanted generations of viewers around the world, but has also given new meaning to the ‘cinema’ as the factory of dreams,” said Berlinale directing duo Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, in a statement. declaration.
“Whether in the perpetual magical world of teenagers or in the reality that history has carved forever, his films take us to another level, where the big screen becomes the suitable surface for our emotions to be fulfilled. If the 2023 Berlinale represents a new beginning, we can’t think of a better start than that of Spielberg’s great work,” they added.
Over the course of a long and glorious career, Spielberg has been nominated a total of 19 times for an Academy Award and has won three Oscars: two statuettes for best picture for “The Color Purple” and “Schindler’s List” and a gong for best director for “Saving Private Ryan.”
“He is considered the most successful filmmaker of all time,” the Berlinale said in a statement, which also noted that Spielberg has won numerous Golden Globes and Emmys for his filmmaking, as well as a host of accolades for his commitment to social causes.
The Berlinale underlined that Spielberg was awarded the Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1998 in recognition of “Schindler’s List” and his Shoah Foundation. In 2001, Queen Elizabeth II appointed the director and producer a Knight of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). In 2015, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-US President Barack Obama.
The selection of Spielberg films to be screened at the Berlinale as part of the homage, as well as the date of the award ceremony on which he will receive the award, will be announced at a later date.