The 67th Berlinale was supported by the Saxon watch manufactory. This year for the first time as the main partner.
The long- term commitment was crowned with the awarding of the Glashütte Original Documentary Award, worth 50,000 euros. Impressive images, significant subjects, courageous protagonists – this is the art of the documentary film. The prize got the film Istiyad Ashbah (Ghost Hunting). The jury honoured the winning film, chosen from 16 nominees, in their laudation: “Documentaries build bridges between different cultures. And the award winning filmmakers show us in a brave, original and innovative way, how humans can defy suppression with dignity.” Director Raed Andoni said brightly with happiness: “I work with people living at the darkest places of the world and tonight I received this award under all these lights.”
Artists, directors, producers and guests from all parts of the film world were always welcome to the lounge during the Berlin International Film Festival. Thomas Meier, CEO Glashütte Original, who welcomed many of them personally, was extremely satisfied. “We are proud to be able to enrich the Berlinale with our lounge and ideas and to have created many exciting encounters between film and watchmaking. As watchmakers and filmmakers we are connected by passion, precision, technical sophistication and our sense of beauty and aesthetics.”
Glashütte Original took the occasion to present a colourful Special Collection: the five four-cornered Sixties Iconic Square chronographs were the focus of many presentations and events in the Golden Bear Lounge.
photos: Glashütte Original