Bravo, Berlin Film Festival!

Both the legends will be remembered through their on-screen performances.

The untimely demise of both David Bowie and Alan Rickman at the start of this year sent ripples across the world as fans and fellow artists mourned their deaths. The similarities between their deaths were also quite striking as both succumbed to Cancer at the age of 69. As the world still recovers from the shock, tributes have been held all over the world with another one on the way at the Berlin Film Festival which runs from February 11-21.

To honour David Bowie, the festival will screen Nicolas Roeg’s “The Man Who Fell to Earth” on Febuary 12 at Berlin’s Friedrichstadt Palast. Bowie, who resided in Berlin in the late 1970s, played the lead in the 1976 classic. “David Bowie was a tremendous musician, an avant-garde artist who expressed his creativity in many disciplines,” said Berlin Festival director Dieter Kosslick.

Guests arrive for the screening of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" presented in the Berlinale Competition of the 64rd Berlinale Film Festival and opening ceremony in Berlin, on February 6, 2014. The 64rd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, starts on February 6, 2014 with 24 international productions screening in the main showcase. AFP PHOTO / POOL / TIM BRAKEMEIERTIM BRAKEMEIER/AFP/Getty Images

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Alan Rickman will be commemorated with a screening of Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility,” at Berlin’s Kino International theatre. “His ability to transform himself, his artistry in playing ambivalent characters and his distinctive voice made Alan Rickman a great actor,” Kosslick said. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1996.

Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola, who died in January, aged 84, will also be honoured at Berlin with a screening of his 1983 film “Le Bal”“Ettore Scola was a master of Italian comedy, a social critic who observed everyday life with intelligence, wit and political acumen,” said Kosslick.