Press release
Berlin/Potsdam, 12 July 2017

Gershon Klein Film Prizes for "1945" and "Auf Ediths Spuren – Tracking Edith" at the 23rd Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg

The Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg honors successful directors with the Gershon Klein Film Prizes, which are endowed by the Klein family with € 7,000 annually. The prizes – "Best Feature Film Director," "Best Documentary Director," and "Special Commendation Award for a German Film on a Jewish Topic" – are awarded by three different juries.

The jury of critics of the 23rd Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg, whose members this year were film journalists Anna Wollner, Avner Shavit, and Barbara Schweizerhof, selected director Ferenc Törönk as "Best Feature Film Director" for his feature film "1945."

The jury explained: "Ferenc Törönk's "1945" captures the aftermath of the Holocaust in a small Hungarian village in all its bitter melange of grief and guilt in the poignant black-and-white images of old Westerns. Avoiding the duels typical of the genre, the film shows the silent confrontation between the criminals and "followers" on one side and the survivors and their relatives on the other. Törönk creates an eerie atmosphere that captivates viewers right from the beginning. A film that feels like a classic even now."

The Radio Eins Listeners' Jury awarded Peter Stephan Jungk, who presented "Auf Ediths Spuren – Tracking Edith" at the JFBB, the prize of "Best Documentary Director."
The jury explained: "The emotional force of the fascinating portrait that the writer and director paints of his great-aunt Edith Tudor-Hart can leave nobody cold. The life story of a courageous, unusual woman who fought and lived for her political convictions. A film about photography, espionage, and uncovering a family secret."

At the opening gala of the 23rd Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg, an honorory panel – actresses Adriana Altaras and Birge Schade – bestowed a "Special Commendation Award for a German Film on a Jewish Topic" on Chris Kraus’s "Die Blumen von gestern." Danny Krausz, the producer of the film, was present to accept the prize.

The panel explained: "Yes, it does exist: good German film on a Jewish topic! "Die Blumen von gestern" is emotional, existential, and hilarious. Yet it never loses focus of the dilemma of the second and third generations after the Shoah. So: definitely a must-see."

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