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Berlinale: Homage and Honorary Golden Bear to Claude Lanzmann

The Berlinale will honour Claude Lanzmann this year. He is one of the most known documentary filmmakers.

The Frenchman now in his late 80’s and born to Jewish parents, has made six documentaries. All of them will be shown during the 63rd International Film Festival, which started last night.  Mr. Lanzmann will receive an honorary Golden Bear on February 14th during a ceremony and film at 10 p.m.  On Wednesday February 13th he will answer some questions in French at 6:00 p.m. He will be interviewed by Ulrich Gregor at the Deutsche Kinemathek Filmhaus, Potsdamer Platz.

 

Shoah Homage 2013 at Berlinale FRA 1985 director Claude Lanzmann - Henrik Gawkowski © Les Films AlephWhy Not Productions

Shoah Homage 2013 at Berlinale FRA 1985 director Claude Lanzmann – Henrik Gawkowski © Les Films AlephWhy Not Productions

Here are the films which will be shown:

  •  Pourquoi Israel (1973): based on his interviews and observations – Friday February 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Zeughauskino & Saturday February 16th at 4:00 p.m. at CinemaxX8
  • Shoah in two parts (1974-1985): based on testimonials of survivors, ex-nazis – about the Holocaust – Part 1 on Wednesday February 13th at noon at Cinestar Event & Part II on Thursday February 14th at noon at Cinestar Event
  • Tsahal (1994): about the Israeli army, based on interviews-Saturday Februrary 9th at 1:30 p.m. at the Zeughauskino & Wednesday February 13th at 3:30 p.m. at CinemaxX8
  • Un vivant qui passe/A visitor from the Living (1997): interview with Mr. Rossel who was an officer and doctor and was sent to the camp of Theresienstadt during the war to inspect it. Saturday February 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Zeughauskino and on February 14th at 4:30 p.m. at the CinemaxX8
  • Sobibor , 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (2001): based on the interview with survivor Yehuda Lerner and who saw the revolt in the camp. February 14th at 10 p.m. at the Berlinale Palast & February 15th at 4:30 p.m. at CinemaxX8
  • Le rapport Karski/The Karski Report (2010): based on his interviews with priest Jan Karski in 1978. Saturday February 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Zeughauskino & February 14th at 4:30p.m. at the CinemaxX8

Claude Lanzmann lives in France. He was born in Paris, fought during the French resistance during WWII. He has the French Légion d’Honneur. He is a journalist, writer and used to be friend with Jean-Paul Sartre and the lover of Simone de Beauvoir. He studied in Germany and knows Berlin well having taught at the Free University. He has a doctorate degree in philosophy and taught in Saas-Fee Switzerland. In 2009 he published his memoirs “Patagonian Hare”.

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