Glashütte Original commemorated its seventh year of partnership with the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) with the new Glashütte Original Documentary Award. The German watchmaker marks their first time as Berlinale’s principal partner, as the film festival ran its 67th edition till February 19.
The festival opened on February 9, along with Glashütte’s Sixties Iconic Square Collection featuring a special selection of colorful timepieces by a few retail partners. On Saturday, the award went to Raed Andoni’s ‘Ghost Hunting’. The Palestinian film explores the impact of prison life and recreates an interrogation center in Israel, with ex-prisoners re-enacting negative experiences and humiliations in an environment juxtaposed with graphics with live action.
“We still have 7,000 Palestinians living in those jails,” said Andoni, who was himself imprisoned in Israel when he was 18. “They never get the recognition as I do.”
The award, for which 16 films were nominated, includes a prize of €50,000 and a Glashütte-crafted trophy.
“As watchmakers and filmmakers we are connected by passion, precision, technical sophistication and our sense of beauty and aesthetics,” said Thomas Meier, CEO of Glashütte Original.
Aside from funding the festival, the German prestige and luxury watchmaker shared its heritage through a stunning collection of five short films that was presented in 2015 at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
“We take pride in celebrating all of this together with the Berlin International Film Festival, as we have done every year since 2011,” said Meier. “It was important to us to expand this exceptional collaboration, and now as principal partner we look forward to enhancing the Berlinale with a number of exclusive facets.”