On February 19, 2010 at 9pm it will again be time:
Under the programme of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (11th - 21st February 2010) the 24th TEDDY AWARD, the world's most important Queer Film Award will be presented in a Gala Event followed by an After Party at STATION BERLIN.
TEDDY AWARD Statue | photographed by TEDDY WINNER 2009 JULIAN HERNANDEZ
The TEDDY AWARD is a socially engaged and political accolade that goes to films and people who communicate queer themes on a wide social level and thereby contribute to more tolerance, accep-tance, solidarity and equality in society.
For the fifth time in a row, French-German TV broadcaster ARTE will record the ceremony and air it on February 20th 2010. rbb TV will rebroadcast the show on February 21st 2010, at 11.30 pm.
The 24th TEDDY AWARD pays special HOMAGE to RIO REISER, the singer, composer, songwriter and actor who died in 1996, for what would be his 60th year.
„He is the only German singer that I admired, his passionate lust for commotion, for diva-dom, for kitsch and for anarchistic patriotism. He wrote the most beautiful German fight songs and love songs. He was a romantic and he sung, pulling everything out of the German language that is possible to get out of it."
Rio Reiser was the first German singer to publicly announce his homosexuality. Together with his band, Ton Steine Scherben, he created not only the soundtrack for the 68-Generation but also the soundtrack for the beginning of the German gay movement when he, along with theatre groups Brühwarm and Transplantis as well as Ton Steine Scherben, produced and brought the first gay musicals to the stage in the 1970s. in 1977 Rio Reiser was awarded the Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Award) for his first film roll in "Johnny West".
On the occasion of the homage to Rio Reiser, the band TON STEINE SCHERBENwill be on stage with all the original members for the first since the death of their frontman. Furthermore, the motto of the 24th TEDDY AWARD comes from a song from Rio Reiser and the Ton Steine Scherben:
The SPECIAL TEDDY 2010 goes to filmmaker WERNER SCHROETER, the radical experimentalist and great maverick of New German Film. Since the mid-sixties, Schroeter has worked and defended his unique position in the international film landscape.
"Schroeter is the Cocteau of our times. Cinema from Werner Schroeter is pure magic, it creates a new world, a new time, and lets nothing happen that is not stylistic and beautiful. Magic Werner, Magic Cinema."
He is to be counted among the likes of Fassbinder, Herzog or Wenders as one of the most important players in the emerging Young German Cinema. A cosmopolitan without a fixed residence, Schroeter shot in Mexico, France, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Austria, the USA and Italy in those days. At the same time he is beginning to intensify his work to stage theatre and Opera productions with international success.
His work so far encompasses around 20 feature films and just as many short and mid-length films and more than 70 opera and theatre productions.
UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program, is also once again the institutional partner of the TEDDY AWARD.
Host of the 24th TEDDY AWARD Ceremony