Minister of State Roth on the start of the Berlinale in the Franco-German Youth Office

05.02.2014 - Press release

The Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation, Minister of State Michael Roth, is meeting the young film jury of the “FGYO Prize – Dialogue en perspective” in the Franco-German Youth Office in Berlin tomorrow. Along with the French Ambassador in Berlin, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, he will meet the seven members of the jury of the film prize as well as the head of the jury, director Denis Dercourt, on Thursday (6 February). They will discuss the importance of German cinema in France, the role of cinema in conflict regions and Franco-German cultural cooperation.

Minister of State Roth said the following with reference to the meeting:

In the next few days many film enthusiasts from France will come to Berlin in order to celebrate cinema in all of its international diversity. The Franco-German Youth Office’s film prize offers young people a terrific opportunity to dive into the action of the film festival and drink in the Berlinale atmosphere.

The young jury members – German, French and this year one Israeli – who will jointly choose a winning film will certainly have a remarkable time. I am looking forward to a stimulating discussion with them about the strength of cultural ties between our two countries.

Minister of State Roth and Ambassador Gourdault-Montagne will be received by the Secretary-Generals of the Franco-German Youth Office, Markus Ingenlath and Béatrice Angrand. The film jury, chaired by director Denis Dercourt, comprises three members from Germany, three from France and one from Israel, aged between 20 and 26 years old.

The FGYO has offered the “FGYO Prize – Dialogue en perspective” together with the section of the Berlinale Perspektive Deutsches Kino since 2004. The young cineastes are invited to watch and evaluate all films produced by young German filmmakers. 5000 euros of prize money is up for grabs for the jury’s favourite. The prize should go to a film which manages to equally impress young critics from different cultures.

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