Nastassja Kinski-Honorable Guest of Golden Apricot

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Nastassja Kinski-Honorable Guest of Golden Apricot

Nastassja Kinski will be one of the honorable guests of GOLDEN APRICOT 12th Yerevan International Film Festival. The actress — famed for roles in films by directors Roman PolanskiWim Wenders, Francis Ford Coppola and many more,will have aretrospective program in frames of the festival.

The German-born actress, had her worldwide breakthrough in 1978 with Italian-Spanish romance Stay As You Are by Alberto Lattuada, where she played the young lover of Marcello Mastroianni's father figure. The following year Roman Polanski cast her as the lead in Tess, an adaptation of British novelist Thomas Hardy's classic Tess of the d'Urbrevilles,where she gave a Golden Globe-winning performance.

 The film was a huge critical success winning three Academy Awards out of a total of six nominations. Polanski was also the one, who urged Kinski to study acting with famous actor and acting teacher Lee Strasberg in the United States. There she starred in Francis Ford Coppola's romantic musical One from the Heart, the first movie she made in USA. The same year another notable American film with Kinski hit the screens. It was the erotic thriller Cat People by Paul Schrader.

In 1981 famous American fashion photographer Richard Avedon photographed Kinski with a Burmese python coiled around her nude body. After its release the poster became famous and confirmed her status as a sex symbol.

She played one of her most celebrated parts in Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas (1984), which went on to win top prizes at Cannes. The same year she starred in Andrei Konchalovsky's American film Maria's Lovers alongside Robert Mitchum.

Kinski continued to appear in American films throughout the 90's and early 2000's. However in the late 2000's the actress became more selective with her roles. Most notably she had a brief appearance in David Lynch's 2006 Inland Empire and a supporting role in Rotimi Rainwater's 2013 Sugar.


Tess, Roman Polanski

Paris, Texas, Wim Wenders

Maria's Lovers, Andrei Konchalovsky


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