Award Ceremony prior to the 65th Berlinale
Oskar Sulowski wins “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”
The German watch manufactory Glashütte Original, co-partner of the 65th Berlinale, and the “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” section awarded for the fourth time the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship” to a young German filmmaker.
The EUR 15,000 fellowship for the development of a screenplay is funded by the Saxon watch manufacturer to support young talented German directors in implementing their upcoming projects.
Jury members Angelina Maccarone (author and director), Jenny Schily (actress) and Jochen Laube (producer) selected “Rosebuds”, a treatment by Oskar Sulowski, from the projects submitted. Eligible for the fellowship were directors who had presented a film in the “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” section last year.
In addition to the prize money for the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”, the winner received a trophy that had been manufactured at Glashütte Original’s watchmaking school. And when Oskar Sulowski continues work on his project, he will now also be accompanied by a mentor.
Film journalist Knut Elstermann opened the ceremony, and afterwards hosted the talk with the press, Perspektive Deutsches Kino head Linda Söffker, the jury members and the talented young winner.
Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick and Dieter Pachner, Glashütte Original’s Vice President Sales, congratulated Oskar Sulowski personally and presented him with the prize. Sulowski then thanked Glashütte Original for funding the fellowship, as well as the jury and the Berlinale.
Statement of the jury for “Rosebuds”:
“When brothers Maciek and Aleks, the one a petty criminal and the other a junkie, meet Katharina, a young Catholic, they are confronted in a rather unorthodox way with themselves and their lives. What in such brevity sounds like a cliché turns out to be a profoundly comic constellation.
“Rosebuds” touches upon all the big questions of life: birth and death as well as the search for meaning in between. With unconventional narrative powers, Oskar Sulowski draws us into the story. Laid-back but never undercooled, the author displays a genuineness and emotional precision that we hope he will be able to maintain in realizing his film.”