German Film Award for Peace – The Bridge – 2015
Munich, July 2nd, 2015
This international award stands for peace, enlightenment, understanding between nations and the inviolability of human dignity of every individual in any society, no matter what culture or religious heritage, no matter what kind of sex, race or flesh-coloured. It takes its cue from Bernhard Wickis own words:
Film can’t change the world or make it a better place,
but it can create a climate
where things can grow and rise
and so maybe a change would be a hope of glaze.
After her husbands Bernhard Wicki death Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss set up the Bernhard Wicki Memorial Fund in 2002. A non profit organization funded sole through donations and sponsors.
Bernhard Wicki’s legacy is the basic of the peace award, that is awarded since 2002.
Bernhard Wicki – widely considered – was one of leading German-language directors – a “lone wolf” – whose influence was widely felt in the film landscape of the second half of the 20th century. His antiwar picture “The Bridge” (1959) met with great acclaim around the world, receiving numerous accolades including an Oscar® nomination and a Golden Globe®. Indeed in its unflinching veracity, his cinematic oeuvre is disturbingly relevant to the problems that beset the world today. He was honored by the United Nations for his efforts to promote peace and understanding between nations.
Awardees, laudatories and organizers are building an imaginary bridge in the spirit of tolerance and democracy. A bridge of humanity does stretch over troubled water in a world sometimes condemned by unbearable suffering and violence towards mankind – beyond all of moral.
The ceremony of the international film award for peace takes place at the Cuvilliés Theatre, Munich, one of the most magnificent Rococo theatres in the world.
The Prime Minister of Bavaria, the Bernhard Wicki Memorial Fund and the Umbrella Organization of the German Film Industry will invite to the gala.