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Berlnale Camera honor to Meszaros

14 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's been more than 30 years since Hungarian director Marta Meszaros became the first woman to win Berlin's Golden Bear -- for her 1975 film "Adoption" -- and more than a decade since she last had a film here, but this year she knew ahead of time she would be honored.

Tuesday night at a gala presentation at the Palast, festival director Dieter Kosslick bestowed the Berlinale Camera on Meszaros, a special award to film personalities to whom the festival "feels especially attached."

Given every year since 1986 as a "way of expressing thanks," last night's recipients also included Italian journalist and documentary writer Gianni Mina and former Hollywood Reporter correspondent, cineaste and long-time Berlin resident, Ron Holloway and his actress wife Dorothea Moritz. Holloway "contributed to the diversification of the festival program" from the mid-1970s and Moritz has been a selector since 1988.

Meszaros, now 75, credits her Golden Bear with launching her career as a director internationally.

"The film became world-famous, I traveled throughout the world with it and more than 80 countries bought it," she said. "After the success of 'Adoption' my name started to sound familiar in the world. For me, the Golden Bear meant that in the following years none of my film plans were rejected, even though they did not like my films in Hungary too much."

Back then, the Berlinale was a very different festival: it was held in the then politically -- and physically -- divided city's western sector and largely boycotted by Communist countries. »

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