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Berlinale Exclusive Day 8: The Honorable Bear

Photo (cc) flickr user Carlos_Y

Photo (cc) flickr user Carlos_Y

At the Berlinale, Johannes Lehnen watches Claude Lanzmann receive a golden bear.

If one studies the depiction of the Holocaust in film, one cannot avoid him: Claude Lanzmann.  His Opus Magnum “Shoa” is 540 minutes long and includes no archived photos.

Friday Lanzmann was honored the “Goldenen Ehrebären” for his life’s work, a moving moment in the Berlinale-Palast.  Subsequently his film “Sobibor, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures” was shown.  In his speech he raved about bears.  He likes white polar bears, the brown bear, and even the Russian bear.  He then received three standing ovations.

Thank you, dear Berlinale, that this charismatic, important documentary maker was honored!

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