Veteran American director Arthur Penn will receive a Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement at the forthcoming Berlinale (February 8-18, 2007) as part of a 10-film homage being held in his honour during the festival.

The homage will include such classic titles as Bonnie And Clyde, Alice's Restaurant, and Little Big Man.

"Arthur Penn's films of the 1960s and early 1970s reanimated the crisis-ridden American cinema," said festival director Dieter Kosslick. He is a great director, who deeply influenced the American cinema d'auteur."

The homage is being organised by the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum fuer Film und Fernsehen. It is also responsible for staging the 2007 Berlinale's Retrospective, dedicated to "City Girls.-Images of Women in Silent Film" with a total of 30 silent film programmes under the subheadings "Working Girls", "Flaming Youth", "Husbands and Wives", and "Fate and Passion".