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New German Cinema Pioneer Gets Honors In Berlin

Written by: FFT Webmaster | February 10th, 2012

German director Haro Senft, one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema movement of the 1960s and 1970s, will receive a Berlinale Camera award at this year’s Berlin international film festival. Though not as well-known as his contemporaries Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder or Volker Schlondorff, Senft was an influential force in post-war German cinema and was chairman of the Association of New German Feature Film Producers for several years. He is best remembered for his Oscar nominated documentary short KHAL (1961) about the building of Germany’s first nuclear power plant. In his 1967 feature drama DER SANFTE LAUF, he gave iconic actor Bruno Ganz (a Swiss most associated with German cinema) his first major role. An official award ceremony honoring the pioneering German director will be held at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 15.

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