Kier’s career is full of daring choices, and he’s worked with such icons as Andy Warhol (“Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein”), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (“Lili Marleen,” “Lola” and “Berlin Alexanderplatz”) and Lars von Trier (nine films including both volumes of “Nymphomaniac”).
In 1991, Kier made his first Hollywood film, “My Own Private Idaho,” from Gus Van Sant, and has acted in art films, genre films and Hollywood blockbusters.
“Udo Kier is an actor who leaves a lasting impression, no matter what the role,” said festival director Diana Iljine in a statement. “He is an actor who is not afraid to take chances. And many of them have paid off. Udo Kier himself is a work of art.”
Previous recipients of the CineMerit Award include actors Julie Christie, John Malkovich and Michael Caine as well as the directors Michael Haneke, Barry Levinson and Milos Forman.
Kier will receive the award June 30 in Munich at a gala ceremony that will also include the world premiere of his latest film “Arteholic,” in which director Hermann Vaske accompanies art-obsessed Kier through some of Europe’s greatest museums. As part of its homage, the festival will be showing five additional films with Kier: “Tod Eines Weltstars” and “Egomania” by Christoph Schlingensief; “My Own Private Idaho”; “A Trick of the Light,” from by Wim Wenders; and “Iron Sky,” by Timo Vuorensola.
Festival runs June 27-July 5.