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Everything Is a Present DVD wins Third International Prize

November 15, 2010

ALICE SOMMER HERZ – Everything is a Present
A film by Christopher Nupen
Franz Schubert: Impromptu in A flat major, D. 935
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”: First Movement
Alice Sommer Herz, piano
Christopher Nupen Films A11CND

One month before her 107th birthday our latest Alice Sommer film, Everything Is a Present has won its third international accolade: The Czech Television Prize at Golden Prague.

The first signs that this film might have an extra-ordinary impact in the world came from the reactions of many delegates at Midem in Cannes, confirmed by the words which followed in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung—more words than the critic gave to any other film shown during the entire four days—and ending with: “This film is a plea for humanity and the power of music and, finally, a Must for every television station with any self-respect.” (“Ein Plädoyer für die Menschlichkeit und die Kraft der Musik. Und eigentlich ein Muss für jeden Fernsehsender, der etwas auf sich hält.”)

Next came the broadcast, in prime time (20:00), on BBC Television on Holocaust Memorial Day which resulted in the demand for over 800 DVDs.

Next, the film won the World Documentary Bronze Medal at the New York Film and Television Festival.

Then, a nomination in the highest category (The Social Award) at Rose d’Or in Luzern and now the Czech Television Prize in Prague.

Alice Sommer is one of the most exceptional and most inspiring people on the face of the earth—that is a view shared by hundreds of thousands of people in the world because of her best-selling book, published in seven languages, and her leading role in our film We Want the Light which won her an international following. Her story has a message for nearly everybody: a message of hope, courage, optimism, tenacity and human dignity at its most impressive.

From the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik: “Es ist ein wichtiger Film, den Christopher Nupen mit ihr gedreht hat. Auch ihn zu sehen ist ein Geschenk”. (“Christopher Nupen has made an important film with her. Even to see it is a present”).

This is a very unusual film with unusually powerful content.

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