US actor Kevin Kline and veteran Hollywood film-maker William Friedkin are to receive the Munich Film Festival's CineMerit Award for services to cinema this year.

Previous recipients of the CineMerit Award included such leading international film industry figures as Barry Levinson, Sir Alan Parker, Milos Forman, and Susan Sarandon.

Together with director Marco Kreuzpaitner, Kline will also be presented with the sixth Bernhard Wicki Film Prize - The Bridge which builds bridges and promotes peace for their human trafficking drama Trade which will have a gala screening on June 28, a day before the CineMerit Award ceremony.

The festival's 25th edition - the fourth under director Andreas Stroehl - will kick off on June 22 with the German premiere of the Israeli film The Band's Visit and a special concert by the legendary Festival Band led by Stefan Kitanov (Sofia), Stefan Laudyn (Warsaw) and Stefan Uhrik (Karlovy Vary).

A retrospective of Werner Herzog's collected oeuvre, a 14-title homage to indie director Richard Linklater, whose feature debut Slacker had its world premiere in Munich in 1990, and German premieres of Cristi Mungiu's Golden Palm winner Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days and Volker Schloendorff's Ulzhan are among the highlights over the festival's nine days.

The festival will close on June 30 with the world premiere of Rainer Kaufmann's Runaway Horse, an adaptation of the Martin Walser novel of the same name.