European Film Academy fetes Frears

Helmer to receive lifetime achievement award

BERLIN — The European Film Academy is paying tribute to British director Stephen Frears at this year’s European Film Awards.

Frears, director of such films as “Dangerous Liaisons,” “High Fidelity” and “The Queen,” will receive the lifetime achievement award for what the academy said was “his outstanding and dedicated body of work.”

The filmmaker will accept the award at the European Film Awards ceremony, which will take place in Berlin on Dec. 3.

Frears began his career in British television and made his cinematic breakthrough in 1985 with “My Beautiful Laundrette.” It was followed by “Prick Up Your Ears,” “Sammy and Rosie Get Laid” and “Dangerous Liaisons,” which won three Oscars, two BAFTAs and a French Cesar for the director.

“I’m very grateful. It’s very nice to be complimented by Europe,” Frears said. “I’m never quite sure whether England is part of Europe. We’re divided about this and have complicated feelings. But what matters is to keep European film going. And I’m totally committed to that. Nothing else matters. If the films are good, then people will go and see them.”

Frears’ most recently made last year’s “Tamara Drewe,” and is currently working on the Las Vegas gambling drama “Lay the Favorite,” starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis and Joshua Jackson.

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