Radu Gabrea awarded by German president

The famous Romanian director Radu Gabrea, 73, was awarded, by the German federal president, Christian Wulff, the Knight’s Cross-class Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The medal was handed to the filmmaker by the German Ambassador to Bucharest, Andreas von Mettenheim, in a ceremony which took place on Thursday evening at His Excellency’s residence, “Adev­arul” reports.

Radu Gabrea was decorated “for his special merits in consolidating German-Romanian cultural ties and, particularly, for his artistic contribution to understanding the German-Romanian history”. The director’s father is Romanian, whereas his mother is of German ethnicity. Radu Gabrea lived for over 20 years, since 1974, in Germany, where he worked as an engineer, but also made some of his best films. “Tonight is, for me, both a sign of perfection, and a sign of reconciliation: my Mother’s Homeland does me a great honour in my Father’s Homeland,” he said.

Radu Gabrea made several films which made history, some of which are considered masterpieces: “Too Small for Such a Great War” (1969), “Beyond the Sands” (1974), “Ein Mann wie EVA” (A Man Called Eva – 1984 – made in the FRG, based on the tragic life of celebrated German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder).
After his work was censored by Ceausescu himself, he left for Germany in 1974, where he made “Fürchte dich nicht, Jakob!” (Fear not, Jacob! – an adaptation of I.L. Caragiale’s “A Torch at Easter”). In 1986, he presented his Ph. D. thesis, on the work of Werner Herzog, at the University of Louvain.

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