19 September 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Best known for his now viral performance as Hitler in the brilliant Oliver Hirschbiegel film, Downfall, actor Bruno Ganz is finally about to get his day in the spotlight, thanks to the European Film Academy.

According to Anne Thompson, the actor, and star of the wonderful Wim Wenders film, Wings Of Desire, will be given a special award at the European Film Awards, when they take place on December 4.

Personally, this has been a long time coming, and something that is more than deserved.  Continuing to work today in films like The Reader, the actor has a marvelous filmography, particularly the Criterion staple Wings, a powerful and visually striking film, that features a performance from Ganz that is so haunting, that it is easily one of the best that I’ve ever seen.  If you haven’t given the film a chance, Wings Of Desire is an absolute must own, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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