BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY by Arne Birkenstock (Prod. Arne Birkenstock, Helmut G. Weber, Thomas Springer – Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH, Tradewind Pictures GmbH) is the winner of the German Film Award for Best Documentary. The prize, which comes with a €200,000 in funding for a new project, was presented during the gala ceremony at the Tempodrom in Berlin last night. The film tells the story of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly forty years with his forgeries of early 20th century masters in the largest art forgery scandal of the postwar era.
With nearly € 3 million total in prize money, the German Film Prize ‘Lola’ is the highest endowed film prize in Germany. It is presented annually by the German Film Academy.