28 Jan 2014
January 28, 2014

Karl Baumgartner honored with Berlinale Camera

  • © Hans Faun, Berlinale 2009

Frankfurt based producer Karl Baumgartner, one of the pioneers of the international co-production who has made films which such international arthouse stars as Aki Kaurismaki (“Le Havre”), Emir Kusturica (“Super 8 Stories”) and Kim Ki-Duk (“Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring”) will be honored for his life’s work with a Berlinale Camera.

In 1982 the two Frankfurt based cinema operators Karl Baumgartner and Reinhard Brundig established Pandora Film Distribution. The name was inspired by G.W Pabst’s film “Pandora’s Box”. With the first films that came out under this label, the thematic focus was clear: Films such as “Yol” by Yilmaz Günay, “Nostalghia” by Andrej Tarkovsky or “Farewell my concubine” by Chen Kaige all stood for highly ambitious International Art house Cinema. Before long, close working relationships were formed between Pandora and directors such as Aki Kaurismäki and Jim Jarmusch. But it was with Jane Campion’s “The Piano”, that Pandora made its first big commercial breakthrough. The concept of presenting excellent cinematographic masterpieces by internationally renowned filmmakers to a German audience paid off, and Pandora Film became one of the most distinguished Distributors within this segment of the market.


The Berlinale Camera will be awarded to Karl Baumgartner at 4.00 pm on February 8, 2014 at the CinemaxX 9. It will be followed by the film “Boheemielämää” (La vie de bohème, 1992) by Aki Kaurismäki who, together with Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, will give a speech in Karl Baumgartner’s honour.

Berlinale Camera