Pair to receive Prix Eurimages

BERLIN — With the European Film Awards taking place in Copenhagen this year, the European Film Academy has seen fit to honor two producers who have played an indelible role in recent Danish cinema.

The academy will honor Danish producer Vibeke Windelov and Germany’s Bettina Brokemper with this year’s Prix Eurimages award for co-production.

Presented by the European support fund, Eurimages, the prize acknowledges the decisive role played by co-productions in the European film industry.

The academy said it was honoring “two important producers who have combined efforts in order to develop and promote European cinema.”

Together, Windelov and Brokemper co-produced Lars von Trier’s “Dogville,” which won EFA’s 2003 European director award, and “Manderlay,” both of which were financed with Eurimages coin.

A founding producer of Denmark’s new wave and a leading figure in the Dogma movement, Windelov produced all of von Trier’s films from 1994 to 2006, including the award winning “Breaking the Waves,” “Dancer in the Dark” and the television series “The Kingdom.”

Windelov also served on the board of the European Film Academy from 1998 to 2004.

Brokemper began working in feature film at Luc Besson’s Los Angeles-based Seaside Prod. Since 2001, she has produced for Pain Unlimited (now known as Zentropa Intl. Cologne) and Hamburg-based Neue Impuls Film, where she co-produced Eran Riklis’ 2004 drama “The Syrian Bride.”

In 2003, Brokemper joined Helmut Hartl and Stefan Telegty to form Heimatfilm, which co-produced Thomas Vinterberg’s 2005 Jamie Bell starrer “Dear Wendy” and collaborated again with Riklis on this year’s “Lemon Tree.” She is currently working on von Trier’s latest film, “Antichrist.”

Eurimages, which supports co-production, distribution, exhibition and digitization of European cinematic works and serves as a patron of the European Film Academy, will present the award on Dec. 5 at the National Film School of Denmark.

The European Film Awards ceremony takes place in the Danish capital Dec. 6.

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