Haro Senft to receive Berlinale Camera Award
19/01/2012 - While the Max Ophüls Film Festival in Saarbrücken is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Oberhausen Manifesto, its instigator, Czech-born director Haro Senft (pictured), will receive the Berlinale Camera, a prize created in 1986 as part of the Berlinale to pay homage to people or institutions who have made a particularly important contribution to the major festival. Since 2008, the prize has been in the form of a perfect reproduction of a movie camera, made up of 128 completely detachable parts.
Senft, considered as one of the fathers of "New German Cinema”, made a name for himself by creating the DOC 59 group in Munich. In February 1962, he declared in the Oberhausen Manifesto, which was signed by directors like Alexander Kluge and Edgar Reitz, the arrival of the "new German film", in such a way that the movement was associated with the slogan "Papas Kino ist tot" ("the cinema of Dad’s era is dead"). Senft went on to play a major role in the country’s film federations and institutions. From the early 1970s, he decided to devote himself entirely to children’s cinema.
As Senft is unable to be there in person, a video of the Berlinale’s director, Dieter Kosslick, presenting him with the Camera Award will be shown in Berlin on February 15 at the Kino Arsenal before the screening of his film Ein Tag Mit Dem Wind.