29 November 2013 3:44 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival is to award the honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement to British director Ken Loach, and will also stage a 10-film homage to the helmer.

The award ceremony will be accompanied by a screening of his 1993 pic “Raining Stones.”

Ken Loach is one of Europe’s great directors. Over his almost 50-year career, he has shown an extraordinary degree of continuity, while remaining innovative at all times,” Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said.

“His profound interest in people and their individual fates, as well as his critical commitment to society have found expression in a variety of cinematic approaches.

“We are honoring Ken Loach as a director and greatly admire him for how he reflects on social injustices with humor in his films.”

Loach’s breakthrough as a director came with BBC drama “Cathy Come Home” in 1966, which centered on a young working-class family’s slide into homelessness. »

- Leo Barraclough

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