ARTE President, Israeli Film Pioneer, Berlin Theater Owners Get Berlinale Camera Awards

Jerome Clement, Lia van Leer and theater owners Franz and Rosemarie Stadler to get lifetime achievement honors.


COLOGNE, Germany -- Jerrome Clement, the outgoing president of French/German arts-leaning public broadcaster ARTE, Berlin theater owners Franz and Rosemarie Stadler and Jerusalem Film Festival founder Lia van Leer will receive this year's Berlinale Camera awards at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 10-20).

The Berlinale Cameras are lifetime achievement honors the Berlin Festival bestows on members of the industry, often those who work behind the scenes and away from the spotlight.

Clement founded ARTE and spent 20 years at the head of the channel, which has become one of the primary backers and boosters of European cinema. ARTE has co-produced and co-financed films from nearly all of Europe's cinematic avant-garde, including Ken Loach, Wim Wenders, Lars Von Trier, Michael Haneke and many, many more. Clement will receive his Berlinale Camera on Feb. 14 at, appropriately, the Academy of Arts on Pariser Platz.

Franz and Rosemarie Stadler own and run Berlin's filmkunst 66, arguably the city's most important art house cinema. They will receive their Berlinale Camera at their cinema on Feb. 15.

Lia van Leer has done more than almost anyone to promote independent cinema in Israel. She founded both the Israel Film Archive and the Jerusalem Film Festival as well as Cinematheques in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv. A Berlin regular, Van Leer sat on the festival's international jury in 1995. She will accept her Camera on Feb. 13 at the Kino International in East Berlin.