"Naked Opera" wins Heiner Carow Prize at Berlinale
17 February 2013: The Luxemburgian-German co-production Naked Opera by Angela Christlieb is the winner of the first annual Heiner Carow Prize at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, which concluded today.

The awarding jury – consisting of film scholar Stefanie Eckert from the DEFA-Foundation, film composer Stefan Carow and director Karim Ainouz – gave the award to the best German-language film in the Panorama section. With the prize, the DEFA Foundation wants to commemorate East German director Heiner Carow (1929 - 1997), who made such unforgettable film as "Die Legende von Paul und Paula" (1973) and "Coming Out", for which he won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale Competition 1990. The €5000 prize honours films that address the social and political issues of today and in history with extraordinary aesthetic means.

Excerpts from the jury statement:
"Heiner Carow's films are uncomfortable, rebellious, socio-critical and emotional. His stories shake the cornerstone of society because he talks about people who are pushed to the periphery, are underprivileged, weak and do not conform to the norms.
Marc Rollinger, the protagonist in Angela Christlieb's film Naked Opera, is not underprivileged or weak, but because of his passion and illness, neither does he conform to the norms. Although he initially gives the impression in the film of being very cool, almost unapproachable and calculating, the director manages to reveal his vulnerability very gently.
Naked Opera is a very beautiful and artistic film. It follows Marc Rollinger on his travels across Europe from his home country, Luxembourg, to Venice, Vienna and Berlin, in search of Mozart's Don Giovanni or, more precisely, the newest production of the opera. Marc interprets "Don Giovanni" as part of his own philosophy of life and Angela Christlieb is able to show the audience these connections in an impressive way. Marc's comments are shown together with parts of the opera to bring out his story on a different level. The inclusion of the opera together with some staged elements raises Naked Opera above ordinary documentation, turning it into something very special and absolutely worth seeing."

"Naked Opera" was produced by AMOUR FOU Luxembourg in coproduction with Heimatfilm and supported by Film Fund Luxembourg and FFA - German Federal Filmboard. The film will be shown in Luxembourg cinemas starting on13 March. The German cinema release is planned for autumn 2013 (distributor: Real Fiction). Autlook Film Sales are responsible for world sales. For more information on the film please visit the official film website.

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