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Lifetime honour for director Penn
Veteran US director Arthur Penn is to receive a lifetime achievement award at next year's Berlin Film Festival.

The Missouri Breaks director, 84, will receive a Golden Bear at the annual event in February.

"He is a great director, who deeply influenced the American cinema d'auteur," said festival director Dieter Kosslick in a statement.

The festival will include a film homage to the film-maker, including classics Bonnie and Clyde and Little Big Man.

"Arthur Penn's films of the 1960s and early 1970s reanimated the crisis-ridden American cinema," said Mr Kosslick.

Penn has directed eight different actors in Oscar-nominated performances, including Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway for Bonnie and Clyde.

He was a contender three times for an Academy Award in the best director category in the 1960s, but has never won.


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