ms_mmelissa (ms_mmelissa) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Berlin Film Festival suspends prize named after former Nazi

  • The Alfred Bauer prize was establed in 1987 and was presented to a film that played during the Berlin Film Festival and opened new cinematic perspectives. It was roughly equivalent to a third place Best Picture prize after the Golden Bear and the Jury Grand Prix

  • Was named after the founder of the festival, Alfred Bauer

  • German paper Die Zeit discovered that Bauer actually worked with Goebbels during WWII

  • According to the uncovered documents he was an enthusiastic member of the Nazi party and was involved with spying on directors and actors

  • After the fall of the Nazi regime he deliberately set about destroying documents related to his Nazi past and lied to portray himself as an opponent of the Nazis

  • The Berlin Film Festival immediately announced they would suspend the prize

  • Previous winners of the prize include Baz Luhrmann, Park Chan-wook and Lucrecia Martel

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