Presentation of the first CineCoPro Award
The award goes to the Brazilian-German Co-Production THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO
Cooperation must be the way forward, in global politics as well as in the film industry. In order to further the ongoing trend toward increasing international cooperation and to support German co-producers, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN presented the 100,000 euro CineCoPro Award this year for the first time. Nine films were represented in this new section of the program: German co-productions with Bangladesh, Brazil, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, and various other countries.
An international panel of the three film producers Regina Ziegler, Bero Beyer, and Dietmar Güntsche has selected the winning film. The 2019 CineCoPro Award goes to the Brazilian-German co-production THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO, directed by Karim Aïnouz and co-produced by Viola Fügen and Michael Weber (Pola Pandora Filmproduktion).
The Award Winners Michael Weber (centre) and Viola Fügen together with the jury members Bero Beyer, Regina Ziegler and Dietmar Güntsche
The jury explained its decision as follows: "The 2019 CineCoPro Award goes to a co-production that effectively uses a recognizable genre and builds upon outstanding camera work and engaging performances. An emotional story set largely in the past, which beautifully manages to extend the echo of history into the contemporary political climate as it delves into the status of women in Brazil."
Director Karim Aïnouz: "This is a particularly important prize for me. I have been living in Germany for a few years now and this prize is, above all, the celebration of a long-term warm and deep collaboration with producers Viola Fügen and Michael Weber, with Pola Pandora and The Match Factory. It is a prize that highlights cultural and economic partnership between Germany and the world, and on our case, between Germany and Brazil. This prize, on one hand, confirms the strength and the vitality of Brazilian cinema today - its universality - particularly in a moment when very successful policies for the support of film production are under threat. This film is a result of these policies. On the other hand it also enhances the fact of how German cinema is becoming more international at every step – hot Germany is becoming a world-central production hub."
Upon presenting the CineCoPro, Bavaria's Minister of Social Affairs, Kerstin Schreyer, emphasized: "We wish to attract top-of-the-line international projects to Bavaria and celebrate them here. I'm thus very pleased to be able to present this new award funded by the Ministry of Digital Affairs today for the first time. Valued at 100,000 euros, this is the most generous award to German co-producers there is, and it will give the winners new flexibility in future filmmaking endeavors."