Reactions to the death of Bruno Ganz: "It was an honor"

Actor Bruno Ganz was one of the largest in his industry. With grief and dismay, culture and politics react to the death of the Swiss.

After the death of Bruno Ganz, 77, companions and colleagues of the actor spoke up. Politicians also paid tribute to the Swiss.

The director of the Berlin Film Festival Dieter Kosslick recalled a "wonderful collaboration" with Ganz. With a view of the blue sky and bright sunshine over Berlin, Kosslick said during the Berlinale: "I have the feeling that nothing should be in the way when he is on his way to the 'heaven over Berlin'."

Affected commented Berlin's Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD). The actor has appeared in numerous roles in the capital throughout his career. "The death of Bruno Ganz is a great loss for the German-speaking theater and film world, Bruno Ganz was one of the greats of his profession, he belonged to the Schaubühne ensemble, and Ganz played in Berlin among the great directors of the time" it in a statement.

Müller also recalled the film "The Sky over Berlin" and as well as Ganz's role as Adolf Hitler in "Der Untergang", which also made him internationally famous. Particularly noteworthy is his political commitment. "We will miss Bruno Ganz and are thinking of his relatives and grieve for a great actor."

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Bruno Ganz's death: In the sky over Zurich

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) paid tribute to the deceased actor as one of "the most important actors of our time". "His brilliant work remains," Maas wrote on Twitter. "We mourn with the family and friends of Bruno Ganz."

Bruno Ganz is dead. One of the most important actors of our time is leaving, his brilliant work remains. We mourn with the family and friends of #BrunoGanz.

- Heiko Maas (@HeikoMaas) February 16, 2019

The actress Emma Drogunova , who appeared alongside Bruno Ganz in "The Trafikant", said goodbye with very personal words. "Dear Bruno, it was an honor for me, you were one of the greatest," wrote the 23-year-old on Instagram. Ganz was able to fill spaces with his presence. "I'm grateful to the universe for giving me the chance to meet such an awesome actor."

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Dear Bruno. It was an honor for me. You were one of the greatest. One who could fill spaces with his presence and who had perfected his craft like no other. I'm grateful to the universe for giving me the chance to meet such an awesome actor and proudly calling such a wonderful movie, like the Trafikanten, ours. Rest in peace. #brunoganz

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"Loved you on stage and adored on screen!", Wrote the Green Bundestag member Ekin Deligöz on the death of the actor on Twitter. "#Bread and tulips may accompany you." This reminded the politician of his role as a sad waiter in "Bread and Tulips", for which he had received the Swiss Film Award for Best Actor.

RIP #BrunoGanz I loved you on stage and adored on the screen! #Bread and tulips may accompany you

- Ekin Deligöz (@ekindeligoez) 16 February 2019

Swiss Federal President Alain Berset said stage and film are losing a major Swiss actor. "Even in the spiteful roles of Bruno Ganz and his characters, humanity always shimmers through, making his work and work so significant, differentiated and thus disturbing, he did not play the part, he lived them," Berset said.

Ganz had died in the morning at home in Zurich at the age of 77 years. The Swiss actor also played in numerous films and theater productions in Germany.

He achieved great prominence among other things by his role as Adolf Hitler in "The Downfall". He also played in "The Sky over Berlin" by Wim Wenders and in the movie "The Baader-Meinhof Complex". As a theater actor, he worked at the Berlin Schaubühne, among others.

ref: spiegel