A film historian and former international publishing director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.
Willem Dafoe has been a festival guest with many films and, in 2007, was a member of the Berlinale Competition jury. This year the festival is awarding him an honorary Golden Bear for his life’s work. Over the course of his career, Dafoe has appeared in more than 100 films and worked with directors as diverse as Kathryn Bigelow, Oliver Stone, Alan Parker, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Paul Schrader and Wes Anderson. He has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, alongside a host of other prizes and nominations, including for the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards.