New York (Mar. 2)
— A West German documentary film on the persecution of Jews by the Nazis, which will be screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, was refused film subsidy money by the Berlin Film Fund, Variety, the show business weekly news magazine, reports in its current issue.
According to Variety, the film, titled “The Yellow Star” was instead financed by the subsidy fund in Munich. The film so far has won this year’s Bavarian Film Prize.
Variety said that in January, a question was raised in the Berlin Senate as to why subsidy was refused. The answer, according to the paper, was that the film’s original title was “The Jewish Tragedy”, that the Berlin subsidies are granted principally to feature films as “economically viable” and that the Berlin Film Fund does not feel an obligation to help finance film research into contemporary history.