Milena Canorero has been widely considered to be one of the best costume designers in the world, and she has proven it with her awards and accolades. The latest addition to those will be the 'Honorary Golden Bear' for her lifetime achievement, awarded to her at the Berlinale. There was also a “homage” to her comprised of her ten most well- known films. Milena is the recipient of multiple Academy Awards for her works in various critically acclaimed films such as “Barry Lyndon”, “Cotton Club” and the “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. The award was presented by Festival Director Dieter Kossclick and the laudation was held by Jan Harlan.
“Milena Canonero is an extraordinary costume designer. With her designs she has contributed decisively to the style of many cinematic masterpieces. With this year's "Homage", we would like to honor a great artist as well as direct attention to a film professional,” said the Festival Director. Previously, Milena had entered the Berlinale with a joint production between the US and Germany, which was “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. With this work, Milena had won her fourth Academy Award for this film.
“What is also so impressive about Milena Canonero is the versatility of her artistic interests. Her costume designs for productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, and the Vienna State Opera, as well as for Roman Polanski's stage adaptation of “Amadeus” have brought her international recognition and success too,” said Rainer Rother, the head of “Retrospective” and “Homage”.
Milena has ventured into production, co-producing the film “Romeo and Juliet”. At the moment she is working on her documentary on Piero Tosi, the legendary costume and production designer.
Source: Berlinale Press Release