Director Werner Schroeter dies at 65

Was key figure in New German Cinema, died of cancer

CANNES -- Werner Schroeter, one of the key figures in the New German Cinema movement of the 1970s, died yesterday, shortly after his 65th birthday, after a battle with cancer.

Considered one of Germany's greatest arthouse filmmakers, Schroeter won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear in 1980 for "Palermo oder Wolfsburg," a story of a young Italian who emigrates to Germany after WWII. His trophy case of awards included three Best German Film prizes and lifetime achievement honors from both the Venice and Locarno film festivals. Earlier this year, he received a Special Teddy award from the Berlin Film Festival for his life's work.

While Schroeter's films often explored German history, at their core were typically very personal explorations of a characters' emotional and psychological state. Arguably his masterpiece was "Malina" (1991), a portrait of an emotionally fragile woman, starring Isabelle Huppert.
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