Berlinale: Press Releases

Press Releases 2003


Feb 12, 2003:
Berlinale Kamera to be awarded to Peer Raben

The Berlinale Kamera is presented to film personalities that the Berlin International Film Festival feels especially indebted to. The Berlinale expresses its thanks and acknowledgement by bestowing this honour. Since 1986, the Berlinale Kamera has been generously donated by the Berliner jeweller, David Goldberg.

Before the screening of Die Reinheit des Herzens (Purity of Heart), on Thursday 13 February at 8.30pm in CineStar 2, Dieter Kosslick will present a prestigious Berlinale Kamera to the composer

Peer Raben

for his contribution to German film. Speaking on behalf of the Berlinale is the leading actress in Robert van Ackeren’s film Die Reinheit des Herzens (1979), Elisabeth Trissenaar. In 1980 Peer Raben won the Gold German Film Prize for his composition for this film. The print being screened for the Special Screening has been kindly provided by the ‘Filmverlag der Autoren’.

Peer Raben’s composition for Rainer Werner Fassbinders Love is Colder than Death in 1969 established a longstanding and highly successful working relationship between the two artists. Some of Peer Raben’s most successful musical film compositions include those for Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), Lola (1981), Lili Marleen (1981) and Veronika Voss (1982). Not only did Peer Raben compose the music for the Berlin International Film Festival Opening Fanfare which was used from 1962 – 1999, but also composed the music for the Berlinale 50th Anniversary, 2000.

With this Award a most extraordinary artist, Peer Raben, will be honoured. His complete works, with numerous film and theatre compositions, chansons and operas, have earned him a respected position not only in film, but also in the contemporary world of art.

February 12, 2003