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Special TEDDY AWARD goes to Falk Richter

This year’s Special TEDDY AWARD goes to the director and playwright Falk Richter.

“For the emancipatory work of the performing arts, Falk Richter’s theatre has produced the most convincing contemporary works. The combination of aesthetic and analytical communication, with the prominent inclusion of works by video artists such as Chris Kondek, Michel Auder and Björn Melhus, also contributes to the inspiration of current film-making.The TEDDY Foundation awards the Special TEDDY AWARD to Falk Richter as an activist from whom we hope to receive lasting impulses for the future of queer and cosmopolitan cinema”. Wieland Speck Chairman of the TEDDY Foundation 

Falk Richter (*1969) is one of the most important contemporary theatre directors and playwrighters. His plays are all highly topical and are performed in more than 35 languages worldwide. For over two decades his texts have been staged on the most renowned international and national stages, such as the Festival d’Avignon, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Burgtheater Vienna, Théâtre National de Bruxelles, Königliches Dramaten Stockholm, Melbourne Theatre Compagny, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Salzburger  Festspiele, Théatre National Strasbourg, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schaubühne Berlin, Maxim Gorki Theater and the Ruhrtriennale.

His most famous and successful texts include “Gott ist ein DJ”, “Electronic City”, “Unter Eis”, “TRUST”, “FEAR” and “Je suis Fassbinder”. With the production “Am Königsweg” (2017) by Elfriede Jelinek, Falk Richter and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg were invited to the Berlin  Theatertreffen, the most important contemporary meeting of theatres in the German-speaking world.

The specialist journal “Theater heute” voted Falk Richter “Director of the Year” in 2018. At the beginning of 2019, Falk Richter received the highest French cultural award from the French government and was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


For those unlucky few who weren’t able to join us for the famously fabulous TEDDY AWARD ceremony, you can see the entire ceremony here! Highlights include Wieland Speck’s annual speech, Sate Minister Markus’ Prabst defiant proclamation against homophobia, Jack Woodhead’s upside-down piano-playing, and Linn de Quebrada’s stunning stage performance.

All here for you to watch again and again…

The Many Facettes Of Queer Cinema

Queer is an umbrella sheltering non-hetero people

by Wieland Speck

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Queer is an umbrella sheltering non-hetero people

Curating Queer Cinema since the late 70s – and before the term queer was used the way it is now: as a representation of a worldwide population of some 20 percent – I have come to the conclusion that the LGBTIQ* world, in many parts, has emancipated itself from the corner it was kept hostage by the hetero norm. Excluded from society and family alike, queer people have fought their way back into the community.

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Wieland Speck Takes on New Responsibilities

Berlinale: Wieland Speck Takes on New Responsibilities and Hands Over His Position as Head of Panorama after 25 Years

Wieland Speck, until now head of the Berlinale’s Panorama section, will in the future be contributing his extensive range of expertise on film to the Berlinale as Consultant of the Official Programme. Starting in 1982, Wieland Speck joined forces with Manfred Salzgeber to build up Panorama (an autonomous section as of 1980, known as “Info-Schau” until 1985) and made its programme one of the most prestigious in arthouse film.

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