Haro Senft

Berlinale and Deutsche Kinemathek mourn the loss of the Auteur Filmmaker

The great German auteur filmmaker Haro Senft died on February 4, 2016 at the age of 87.

He was one of the key founding fathers of New German Cinema. In the late 1950s he initiated DOC 59, a group based in Munich; many of its members went on to sign the Oberhausen Manifesto in 1962. Between 1954 and 1997 he worked on over 40 films, for the most part as auteur director, but often also as producer and screenwriter. In 1961, with Kahl, Haro Senft was the first German filmmaker to be nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Documentary Short.

Haro Senft’s fiction film Der sanfte Lauf (The Easy Way Out, West Germany 1966/67) was presented within the scope of this year’s Berlinale Retrospective, “Germany 1966 – Redefining Cinema”, on February 14, 2016.

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