From this year on, the foundation is planning to present an annual award endowed with a sum of 5,000 Euros.
The prize can go to a feature film, a documentary, a filmmaker, an actor, or anyone working in the art of cinema. It will be given to a special achievement in innovation courage, and vision.
The award is open to citizens of all countries. There is no application procedure, and no competition. An independent international jury, headed by Werner Herzog, finds the film of their choice.
By unanimous acclamation of all jury members, the Werner Herzog Foundation Award 2016 goes to
Hubert Sauper for his film WE COME AS FRIENDS
The jury acknowledges the extraordinary courage of Hubert Sauper to have his own miniature airplane built, flying it himself into the war-torn area of Southern Sudan. The film gives deep insight into the surreal, the dangers, and the power struggles determining the fate of the people in this mostly uncharted territory. What makes WE COME AS FRIENDS particularly remarkable is the caliber of filmmaking, its deep sense of poetry. This is not investigative journalism. There is a strange, all pervading vision we have not seen in world cinema for a long time.
The jury of the 2016 Werner Herzog Film Award:
Werner Herzog, Stefan Drössler, Tom Luddy, Ramin Bahrani, Rudolph Herzog
The award ceremony is going to take place on
Friday, October 21 at 9 pm
at the Munich Cinematheque (Filmmuseum München), St.-Jakobs-Platz 1
The ceremony is followed by the screening of the award winning film.
Press invitations for the event can be obtained only through the office of the Filmmuseum München, Claudia Engelhardt, phone 089-233 205 38