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About Bernhard Wicki

Bernhard Wicki

Widely considered one of the leading Germanlanguage directors, Bernhard Wicki was a “lone wolf” whose influence was widely felt in the film landscape of the second half of the 20th century. His legacy as a staunch advocate of enlightenment and humanity is still with us today.

Wicki's philosophy of life was shaped by what he experienced while imprisoned at Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1938-39, living through “unspeakable horrors” as political prisoner No. 1780 – at the age of 19.

His first major film, The Bridge (1959), met with great acclaim around the world, receiving numerous accolades including an Oscar® nomination and a Golden Globe®. Indeed, in its unflinching veracity, his cinematic oeuvre is disturbingly relevant to the problems that beset the world today. He was honoured by the United Nations for his efforts to promote peace and understanding between nations.

The Bernhard Wicki Film Prize - The Bridge - German Cinema Award for Peace