Wim Wenders: Notable German filmmaker receives German Documentary Film Prize

The renowned German filmmaker Wim Wenders received the Honorary German Documentary Film Award for his body of work, which today includes more than 60 feature films and documentaries.

The award ceremony took place in the context of the SWR Doku Festival in Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, and at the ceremony the jury praised the 77-year-old Wenders for his outstanding career.

The awards committee ruled that the master’s works “bring the world before the eyes of the public, and reveal its truth and beauty,” dw.com reported.

Wenders has to his credit such valuable documentaries as Buena Vista Social Club (1999), Paris, Texas (1984) and The Sky Over Berlin (1987), and is considered one of the world’s most important and influential filmmakers.

To seek out life, observe it and reproduce it in the least adulterated way possible is Wim Wenders’ great force, said colleague Volker Schlöndorff, director of The Tin Drum (1980), in his eulogy speech.

Schlöndorff pointed out that all of Wenders’ documentaries can also be seen as feature-length fiction films and vice versa.

The main prize, donated by the SWR broadcaster and the Baden-Württemberg Media and Film Society (MFG), was shared with Lebanese director Lea Najjar for Kash Kash-Without Feathers We Can’t Live.

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