The whole ceremony took place at the newly-renovated Pfalzbau, and featured some terrific music by local hero Siggi Schwab and his ensemble.
The Ernst-Bloch-Zentrum and the City of Ludwigshafen present the William-Dieterle Filmpreis every three year in honor of actor/director Wilhelm Dieterle, who changed his name to William when he fled Nazi Germany for Hollywood. This year the main prize (7500 Euros) went to the narrative feature “Der rote Punkt” (The Red Dot) by Munich-based Japanese director Marie Miyayama. It’s hard to compete against our fiction colleagues, so we’re plenty happy to have received the special prize. Special thanks go out to Klaus Kufeld and Herbert Baum from the Ernst-Bloch-Zentrum, to Mayor Dr. Eva Lohse, and to all the nice folks involved in the awards ceremony. And, of course, many thanks to the jury for the recognition!
P.S. You can read Susanne Marshall’s terrific laudatory speech (in German) for both films here.