American actor Willem Dafoe is the recipient of this year's Honorary Golden Bear, presented on stage by Wim Wenders. Married to Italian director Giada Colagrande, Dafoe stated: "I'm proud to have become an Italian citizen. My family, friends, and love life are in Italy. I feel like an immigrant, I'm slowly turning into an Italian also in superficial things. I talk in signs, something I've never done before. In my life as a nomad, Rome feels like home."
Oscar nominated for The Florida Project, the actor will be soon starring in the horror The Lighthouse, playing a lighthouse keeper in New Scotland in the early twentieth century. He'll also be part of the cast of the much-awaited return of Edward Norton as a director, Motherless Brooklyn, inspired by Jonathan Lethem's novel of the same title.
Regarding The Florida Project, for which he was also nominated at the Golden Globes, BAFTA and SAG, the actor states: "I am truly proud to be nominated at the Oscars for this film, which is very political and shot in a realistic way. There are kids, non-professional actors, the set is a real place, a motel close to Disneyland where people with no other place to go live. It's really a beautiful film."