The Starman singer and the Die Hard star passed away within days of each other last month (Jan16) after both battling cancer, and now they will be feted for their career achievements during Berlinale later this month (Feb16).

Bowie's 1976 sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth has been added to the festival line-up along with Rickman's period drama Sense and Sensibility, which won the festival's coveted Golden Bear prize in 1996.

The rocker had close ties to the city after moving to Berlin in the 1970s to work on a trilogy of albums, which included his 1977 masterpiece Heroes, and festival director Dieter Kosslick wants the event to celebrate Bowie's varied career.

"David Bowie was a tremendous musician, an avant-garde artist who expressed his creativity in many disciplines," he explains.

Kosslick adds of Rickman, "His ability to transform himself, his artistry in playing ambivalent characters and his distinctive voice made Alan Rickman a great actor."

The festival will also stage a tribute to Italian director Ettore Scola, who also passed away in January (16), by screening his 1983 Oscar-nominated dance drama Le Bal.

The Berlin International Film Festival runs from 13 to 18 February (16).