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Helen Mirren honoured for achievement in world cinema, and Wim Wenders calls for greater investment in European film

Helen Mirren harked back to a golden age of European cinema in her speech at the silver anniversary of the European film awards on Saturday night. "Thank you for the great honour of recognising that I, too, am a fucking whore," she said, after being handed an achievement in world cinema award by her sometime co-star Michael Gambon. "And very, very proud of it."

Mirren's words were an echo of a description of the acting profession coined by Jeanne Moreau when picking up an equivalent honour five years ago, and brought gales of laughter and applause from the 1,000-strong audience in Malta. In her address, Mirren explained that it was actors such as Moreau, as well as Claudia Cardinale and Liv Ullman, who had inspired her early in her career, after an »

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