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Germans plan kudo in Eichinger’s name

Modeled after Irving Thalberg, prize will be given at Lolas

The German Film Academy on Friday announced the Bernd Eichinger Award, to be presented to a filmmaker beginning next year at the Lolas.

The award was named in honor of the late producer, who died Jan. 24. Inspired by the Oscars’ Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the idea came from Eichinger’s widow, Katja, and daughter, Nina, and was embraced by the German Academy.

“Irving Thalberg was the one person Bernd looked up to in the film industry, so it seemed only fitting,” said Katja Eichinger. “Bernd hated the idea of directors and producers not getting along,” she said. “The award will recognize the team spirit that goes into making a film.”

The Eichinger Award will be presented to contemporary filmmakers and director-producer duos voted on by the German Film Academy.

Eichinger’s productions, including “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” “Downfall,” “The Neverending Story” and “The Name of the Rose,” made him a national cultural figure.

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