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Helmut Dietl, 70, dies

Update : 30 Apr 2015, 06:00 PM

Bavarian-born director, writer and producer Helmut Dietl  recently passed away from lung cancer. He was 70.

Once described as “the German answer to Woody Allen”, Dietl was known to international audiences largely for his send-up of the fake Hitler diaries saga in the 1992 film Schtonk!, which was subsequently nominated for a best foreign language film Academy Award.

Dietl was already a famous name in German TV with critically acclaimed shows such as Münchner Geschichten (1974/5), Der Ganz Normale Wahnsinn (1979/80), Monaco Franze and the six-part series Kir Royal, a biting satire on Munich high society and tabloid journalism.

Schtonk! was followed by Rossini with a stellar cast including Uwe Ochsenknecht, Mario Adorf, Joachim Krol, Veronica Ferres and introducing the then little-known actress Martina Gedeck.

Dietl’s later productions did not repeat the success of these two films but the director himself, who had publicly announced his illness in 2013, remained popular both in terms of film and television. Last year, the German Film Academy recognised his achievements with an Honorary German Film Award. 

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