Filmmaker blasts Germany as a "cinematic wasteland" during keynote at Munich Film Festival

Filmmaker blasts Germany as a
Edward Berger said he had received little support for his career from the German industry.

Viola Fügen and Michael Weber of Berlin-based Pola Pandora Filmproduktion picked up the inaugural €100,000 CineCoPro prize at the Munich Film Festival on Friday July 5, at a ceremony during which writer-director Edward Berger described the German film industry as “a cinematic wasteland” in a provocative keynote speech.

Pola Pandora won for its role as the German co-production partner of Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz’s The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao.

Berger, best known for his work on international TV series including Sky’s Patrick Melrose, Ufa Fiction’s Deutschland 83,
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