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Soeffker to replace Holighaus at Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Linda Soeffker is replacing the outgoing Alfred Holighaus at the Berlinale’s German sidebar Perspektive Deutsches Kino.

Soeffker has been Holighaus’ assistant since the section’s launch in 2002 and more recently oversaw program coordination for Perspektive.

In addition to the Berlinale, Soeffker has also worked at the German Historical Museam’s Zeughauskino cinema.

Holighaus became managing director of the German Film Academy in January but continued to oversee this year’s Perspektive, which he helped establish in 2001. He has since shepherded a flock of young filmmakers from film-school projects to high-profile features.

He will continue to promote German film while also working on his own cinematic projects, including producing an upcoming documentary on country music star Merle Haggard helmed by Gandulf Hennig. Holighaus also produced Hennig’s 2004 doc “Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons.”

Holighaus partnered with Hans-Christoph Blumenberg on “Trace of the Bears,” a documentary look at the history of the Berlin Film Festival that unspooled at the Berlinale this year as part of its 60th anniversary celebration.

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