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You are in: Home > 2007. 55th Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Horizontes Award Jury > KARL BAUMGARTNERE

Karl Baumgartner was born in 1949 in Brunico (Southern Tirol, Italy). From 1967 to 1970 he worked in Rome as an assistant director and, occasionally, as a film critic. In 1971 he moved to Frankfurt and joined the collective managing Harmonie, one of the best arthouse theatres in Germany.

Ten years later, in 1981, Karl Baumgartner and Reinhard Brundig founded Pandora Film, which went on to become a leading European distributor of international independent films. The company established its reputation distributing highly ambitious arthouse films by Woody Allen, Pedro Almodóvar, Gianni Amelio, Theo Angelopoulus, Sergei Bodrov, Niki Caro, Jane Campion, Leos Carax, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jaco van Dormael, Kim Ki-Duk, Atom Egoyan, Stephen Frears, Jean-Luc Godard, Yilmaz Güney, Michael Haneke, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Jim Jarmusch, Chen Kaige, Aki Kaurismäki, Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kinto, Akira Kurusawa, Emir Kusturica, Paul Leduc, Ang Lee, Mike Leigh, Mira Nair, Sally Potter, Alain Resnais, Jan Schütte, Alain Tanner, Andrej Tarkowski, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Wayne Wang and many others.

In 2003, Karl Baumgartner founded Pallas Film, based in Halle/Saale (Germany), with Thanassis Karathanos.

That same year, he received the Award granted by Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Bremen for his achievements and contribution to the European Film Industry. It was the first time that a producer had received this award. He won the prestigious Raimondo Rezzonico Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2004.

Karl Baumgartner is a member of the German and European Film Academy.


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