'Away From Her' star earns Cine Merit Award

COLOGNE — The 26th Munich Film Festival will present its Cine Merit Award to actress Julie Christie.

The fest is also introducing an award aimed at international films with a E50,000 ($78,000) prize donated by camera makers Arri and Carl Zeiss.

The event’s retrospective will be dedicated to the low-budget works of Munich’s enfant terrible filmmaker Herbert Achternbusch, who is 70 this year.

Around 200 films will screen in the fest’s sections — New German Cinema, New German TV Movies, American Independents, Cinema Francais and Kinderfilmfest plus sidebars Visionas Latinas and The Year of the Dragon — Young Cinema From China.

The theme for the free, open-air program is “Viva Las Vegas,” with pics that feature the city such as “Mars Attacks!” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

Fest runs June 20-28.

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