John Hurt in An Englishman in New York by Richard Laxton
John Hurt in An Englishman in New York by Richard Laxton

The Berlin International Film Festival will present a special screening of An Englishman in New York by Richard Laxton to commemorate the recently deceased actor John Hurt.  In 2009 Hurt received the Teddy Award for his outstanding performance in this film.

Since the 1990s he had attended the Berlinale with regularity and starred in twelve films presented at the festival.

The British actor is know for his roles in Midnight Express (dir: Alan Parker, 1978) and The Elephant Man (dir: David Lynch, 1980), for which he garnered Oscar nominations. Younger audiences are acquainted with Hurt from his portrayal of Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, and more recently in Jackie directed by Pablo Larraín.

Berlinale entries with John Hurt that screened in the Competition include The Commissioner (dir: George Sluizer, 1998), V for Vendetta (dir: James McTeigue, out of competition in 2006), and Jayne Mansfield’s Car (dir: Billy Bob Thornton, 2012). John Nossiter’s Resident Alien (1991) and Owning Mahowny by Richard Kwietniowski (2003) were shown in the Panorama.

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