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Bruno Ganz To Be Honored by European Film Academy

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 15, 2010 at 5:15AM

Younger folks probably know Bruno Ganz best from those endless YouTube Hitler parodies taken from Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall (2004); but he is one of the world's great actors and thus I am delighted to report that the European Film Academy will honor the legendary Swiss actor at their European Film Awards.
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Younger folks probably know Bruno Ganz best from those endless YouTube Hitler parodies taken from Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall (2004); but he is one of the world's great actors and thus I am delighted to report that the European Film Academy will honor the legendary Swiss actor at their European Film Awards.

Ganz's resume includes Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire (1987), Silvio Soldini's Bread & Tulips (2000), Werner Herzog's Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979), Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth (2007) and Stephen Daldry's The Reader (2008). Ganz, 69, was elected with actress Iris Berben as president of the Germany Film Academy earlier this year and will receive this Lifetime Achievement Award at the EFAs on December 4 in Tallinn.

[Pictured: Ganz, in Downfall as Hitler, Die Marquise von O and The Reader]

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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.