'Wolfskinder' Wins Munich Festival Prize for Political Cinema


The debut feature from director Rick Ostermann, about orphans fighting to survive in the wake of World War II, has won Munich's acclaimed The Bridge award.

German director Rick Ostermann has won the Munich Film Festival's acclaimed The Bridge prize for his debut film, Wolfskinder.

The period drama is set in 1946 and follows a group of war orphans struggling to survive in the wreckage of post-World War II Europe.

Ostermann will be honored at a gala ceremony in Munich on July 3.

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Previous winners of The Bridge prize include Danish director Susanne Bier for her Oscar-winning feature In a Better World and fellow Oscar-winner Henckel von Donnersmarck for The Lives of Others.

Named for Bernhard Wicki's 1959 antiwar film The Bridge, the festival honor is traditionally given to filmmakers whose work has a strong political message.

The 2014 Munich Film Festival runs June 27 through July 7.