|Leica Camera AG and Leitz Cine GmbH award the ‘Leica Cine Discovery Prize’ to Jacqueline Lentzou|
|Wetzlar, 18 May 2018. This year’s Leica Cine Discovery Prize, awarded in the course of the ‘La Semaine de la Critique’ film festival, goes to the filmmaker’ Jacqueline Lentzou. Leica Camera AG and Leitz Cine GmbH congratulate the winner. Her film, ‘Ektoras Malo, The Last Day of the Year’, was honoured in the category short film, which includes prize money of 4,000 euros. In ‘Ektoras Malo’, the story takes place at New Year’s Eve and touches on elements such as loneliness and neglect. Sofia, the young protagonist, must come to terms with her doubts between excitement and sadness.
Gerhard Baier, Managing Director of Leitz Cine GmbH: ‘Ektoras Malo, is, among all the movies in that great 2018 selection, a wonderful short film with very a passionate and personal signature, told in images that reminds me of Mediterranean paintings. A very strong and fantastic example of compelling storytelling and creative imaging.’
‘With the presentation of the Leica Cine Discovery Prize to Jacqueline Lentzou, we hope to actively support her career as a filmmaker and assist in her further development’, says Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG.
For the third year in succession, Leica Camera AG and its affiliate company, Leitz Cine GmbH, together sponsor La Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes, a film festival dedicated to supporting and promoting young filmmakers.
About Leica Camera
Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. Combined with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualization and perception to this day. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company is internationally represented by its branch offices in Australia, China, France, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.
About Leitz Cine
Leitz Cine GmbH is an internationally active manufacturer of premium lenses for film and television production under the Leica brand. Designed for the premium segment of the market, Leica cine lenses offer filmmakers a variety of character-rich tools to bring their compelling visions to the screen. Leitz Cine GmbH is headquartered in the Hessian city of Wetzlar.