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Berlin Film Festival to Tribute Philip Seymour Hoffman and Maximilian Schell

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2014 at 11:43AM

The Berlin Film Festival, kicking off today, has added two last-minute screenings to honor the memory of actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Maximilian Schell, who both died last weekend.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Berlin Film Festival, kicking off today, has added two last-minute screenings to honor the memory of Oscar winning actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Maximilian Schell, who both died last weekend.

Bennett Miller's "Capote," for which Hoffman won Best Actor, will screen on February 11. The film also played as part of the Berlinale Competition lineup in 2006. 

Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell

Schell, also a director, will have his film "Meine Schwester Maria," a portrait of his sister, presented on February 9. Schell won Best Actor from the Academy in 1962 for his role as Hans Rolf in Stanley Kramer's classic "Judgment at Nurembourg."

Hoffman, 46, was found dead from a heroin overdose in his New York apartment on the morning of February 2. The internet immediately responded with outpourings of grief, but also with some insightful pieces on drug addiction.

Schell, 83, was taken ill with pneumonia and died on February 1.

This article is related to: Festivals, Berlin International Film Festival, Philip Seymour Hoffman


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.