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Wim Wenders to be honored for life's work at Berlinale

German film director Wim Wenders will receive an honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at next year's Berlin Film Festival. Berlinale organizers called Wenders "one of cinema's great innovators."

The 65th Berlin Film Festival will see one of Germany's most widely recognized directors receive a lifetime achievement award, the honorary Golden Bear, organizers announced on Thursday.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick lauded the maker of "Wings of Desire" as "one of the most noted contemporary auteurs," adding that next year's Berlinale would pay tribute to Wenders' artistic diversity.

"His cross-genre and multifaceted work as a filmmaker, photographer and author has shaped our living memory of cinema, and continues to inspire other filmmakers," Kosslick said in a statement.

'Still a great innovator'

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Wings of Desire portrays a fragmented love story in the German capital

Wenders has made over 50 films since his debut work "Summer in the City" in 1970. They include the Berlin love story, "Wings of Desire," the Cuban street music documentary "Buena Vista Social Club," and "Paris, Texas," for which Wenders won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes festival in 1984.

Kosslick noted that Wenders' work is respected the world over, adding that the 69-year-old remains "one of the great innovators in cinema."

Wenders will be presented the Golden Bear at the Berlinale next February, during which 10 of his films will be showcased in a retrospective of his work.

glb/sb (dpa, AFP)